Fashioned from an innovative, durable enameled cast iron that gently distributes heat, this French cookware will suit everyone from the novice to the five-star chef. Whip up pot pies in the mini round or oval cocottes, or opt for the larger dishes. All are attractive enough to move from the stovetop to the table.
If you love to cook, you owe it to yourself to get the best basics you can. Start with great cookware (like Fissler’s, made of surgical-grade stainless steel) and knives (Zwilling J.A. Henckels’s block sets are professional quality). Then stock up on accessories: Choose materials that last—from hornbeam-wood carving boards to a marble mortar and pestle—and you’ll be set for years to come.
We dubbed this selection of design finds “modern folk,” because of the way they combine a subtly homespun, artisan feel with fresh, contemporary lines. It’s a look that’s soft and fresh, and at once retro yet totally 2013-appropriate.
From cookware to cutlery, these essentials will get you covered in the kitchen and enrich your culinary experience. And, at discounts up to 80% off, you can get cooking without obliterating your budget.