Recently I was emailing with my friend Charlene about pots and pans. She's due for a new set and wanted my advice. I told her that instead of buying an entire set of pots and pans (although they are cheaper to buy this way) I prefered to create my own set by putting together really great and really useful individual pieces.
My own collection of pots and pans is limited to two materials: stainless steel, "clad" cookware for its non-stickiness and ease of cleaning and cast-iron for the even way it conducts heat and ease of cleaning. Both materials are also oven safe and I do a lot of stove-to-oven cooking so this is essential. I avoid non-stick/Teflon coated pans because I just don't trust the off-gases that occur when heating it.
If I could create the perfect CityMama Basic Un-Set of Cookware the set would include:
1. A great sauté pan (too many uses to name from making tomato sauce to curries to sauteeing fish):