Thanks to everyone for steering me towards the mineral steel pans. I have two of the De Buyer fry pans and so far they have fared well. I just got a crepe pan for eggs - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00462QP34/r.... It is about one mm thinner than the fry pans.
After the first use today, I washed with hot water and used salt to remove the smell of eggs (heated on high with salt for about 2 minutes) as per the De Buyer instructions (see below) for "purifying the pan". However the pan is now discolored with purple spots all along the sides. Is this normal with these pans ? Or did I not do the salt treatment correctly ? Will it affect the cooking in any way ? Or is there anything I can do that can help restore it.
Thank you, appreciate your responses.
Quoting from the instruction booklet " Purify the pan from time to time : heat up cooking salt over a fast heat during 1 min 30 and wipe with a kitchen paper. The salt helps to suppress the residues and the odours from previous cookings."