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Help me start my cookware collection


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Help me start my cookware collection

J.A. | Dec 8, 2005 03:41 PM

I’m 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 don’t have a ton of money, so I can’t exactly spring for a full Creuset set, but I’m a serious enough cook that I’m willing to spend a bit for quality cookware that will last.

So here’s 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?

There’s 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? I’m lost here – help!

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