A factor to keep in mind when you're buying cookware is that Wolfgang Puck, Emeril, etc. are not in the manufacturing business. Therefore, someone makes their products for marketing under their name. LGC would, in my opinion, fall within the same category. When I buy quality cookware (or any cookware for that matter) I look first at the way it's put together. Do the lids/covers have a good seal; do they just sit on top of the pan or do they rest in a recess in the top of the piece. Are the handles held on with screws, rivets, welded, etc. Is the composition polished steel, copper, aluminum, solid stailness; stainless over copper, aluminum, etc. Is the finish smooth or pitted. Is the piece well balanced and does it rest flat on the cooking surface. Can the piece be taken from the stovetop to the oven and will it be easy to clean. Will the handles remain cool on the stovetop or will I need a potholder. I use cast iron quite a lot so I am no stranger to using a potholder (or that towel I tuck into my waistband) to pick up a pan. It goes without saying that anything removed from an oven is going to require a potholder.
If you know what you want in a piece of cookware the selection process will be short and sweet. It either meets your criteria, including what you're willing to pay for it, or it doesn't.
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