I am buying my first set of cookware after starting to cook a few months ago. I am replacing some cheap hand-me-downs and wondering if I should go with a full set or pick and choose specific pieces. I want to buy some high quality pieces, but also hear buying sets are not always the way to go as sets often have things you don't need.
I already have a Le Creuset 5 qt oval dutch oven and a 4.5 qt round dutch oven. Could these double as saucepans or is the enamel + cast iron nor good for that? I also have two good 8 qt stockpots.
Any recommendations for what other pieces I should get? I know I will need a 12'' fry pan, sautee pan, and a smaller sauce pan (and possibly a larger one if the Le Creuset's cannot double). Any other pieces I will need?
Are there any other brands other than All-Clad that I should check out? Also, is buying copper worth the extra cost?
Thanks for the help!