This Cookware Makes Cooking All the More Pleasurable
As we enter yet another week of social distancing in many cities throughout the U.S., home cooking, it seems, is here to stay. Fortunately, there’s a spate of new, affordable, quality cookware sets available online for both the novice and seasoned cook. One of our longtime staples is a Dutch oven, a versatile stovetop-to-oven workhorse—suitable for cooking stews, sauces, braises, roasts, as well as baking bread—which makes for a worthy investment that can last you for years. Great Jones, the direct-to-consumer startup co-founded by Grub Street alum Sierra Tishgart, makes a beautiful enamel cast-iron version, cheekily named The Dutchess, in a range of cheery colors to brighten any kitchen drudgery. For the more minimalist or solo cook looking to save space, the heavy-duty Always Pan from Our Place is an ideal starter piece, with a ceramic non-stick coating and various nesting accessories that give it a multifunctional design. As for the more experienced, multitasking cook seeking a good alternative to industry-standby All-Clad, Misen’s durable seven-piece cookware set, designed by the Brooklyn studio Visibility, offers a clean, no-nonsense take, with ergonomic handles designed for comfort and ease (this newsletter’s editor has had these pots and pans in heavy rotation this quarantine). It all makes us long for the days of dinner parties, group gathering occasions, and, heck, even the dishwashing that follows. Here’s to hoping those moments will be back soon enough.