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enameled cast iron vs. stainless steel vs. ceramic vs. clay

meerah | May 1, 2011 03:43 PM

hello everyone!

This is my first post so hopefully I won't be asking a much repeated question. If I am, please direct me in the right direction and excuse the repetion! :)

I'm new to cooking (as in buying my first pots and pans and learning how to cook) and am very confused about the different types of pots and pans. What exactly is the difference between stainless steel or cast iron or ceramic or clay? Besides the material itself, which I've read tons about, is there a difference in the way food tastes? Which do you prefer and why? Which would you recommend that I buy first or not buy at all? I understand there's no one size fits all option, so which types material of pots and pans will you recommend that I purchase?

thanks a ton for your responses in advance! they're much appreciated :)

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