My friend owns a country home that he rents out on weekends. He does not stay there during the week. In a typical month, the place is rented out for 3 long weekends, and he uses it himself the 4th weekend.
He's looking to replace his pots and pans, and is trying to figure out how to balance some conflicting needs. The cookware has to be easy to use, easy to clean, and relatively resistant to abuse and neglect (metal utensils, food left for a few days, spillovers, slightly burned food, dropping). Because of the cost of the rental, it should also not look or feel cheap.
Any ideas on what he should get ? This is one of those situations that I don't think throwing a lot of money at will solve, since most expensive cookware requires careful handling.