Im a recent college graduate and enthusiastic amateur cook about to move into my own place (with an electric stove L ) for the first time. Consequently, I need to buy some cookware. I dont have a ton of money, so I cant exactly spring for a full Creuset set, but Im a serious enough cook that Im willing to spend a bit for quality cookware that will last.
So heres the question: what kind of cookware do I want? I have a huge cast-iron skillet and a tall stainless steel stockpot. I need a couple sauté pans of varying size, a saucepan or two, something nice and heavy for braises, stews, simmered dishes, etc. It would be great if everything were oven-safe.
So, what kind of cookware do I want? Cast-iron, stainless steel, enameled cast-iron, calphalon, something else?
Theres a steep discount on a Cuisinart Chef set - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000... down to $150 from $400. Seems like a great deal. But do I really want stainless steel? Will these pans heat evenly and serve all my needs?
What are the pros, cons, and best/worst brands of various types of cookware? Im lost here help!