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Yes, the shiny copper sets look high-end. But if you’re only a chef when you’re hungry, opt for a more versatile, non-stick set. If a full set seems too pricey, the four essentials are a large sauce pan, a frying pan a soup pot and a roasting pan. These will get you through pretty much any cooking adventure. A tried-and-true brand to go with is Calphalon. If you’re still feeling fancy, throw a copper saucier pan on the list for melting and sautéing.