We'd like to consider several new pans that have a nonstick quality but for these we would prefer to avoid the popular coatings (no matter how safe they may actually be). So my question is what good alternatives are out there, especially in a set of pans? Any particular brands?
What do you think about carbon steel and who sells a nice line of them? I saw something claiming to be lightweight cast iron with a ceramic coating and it was definitely lightweight but no idea if the ceramic coating is any good or really safe itself on those. Regular cast iron would be too heavy for us for daily use and we have a couple items in cast iron already,
Outside of these options anything to look at and does any particular enamelware offer even slightly better nonstick than stainless steel? Durability is also a factor. We can be careful if we need to but would be great to use high stovetop heat when needed without worrying about the pan.