Oct 4, 2013 11:05 AM
Emily writes: "I'm friends with a professional chef, and it's going to be his birthday soon. He just moved back from overseas, and doesn't have a single pot or pan. I wanted to buy him a really nice pot or pan, what would be the most essential piece to get for $200 or less? Thanks!"
Hey, Emily! I suggest a Dutch oven. They do everything from boiling water for pasta to braising a one-pot dinner to deep-frying and beyond! You can even bake bread in one. If you want to go in a less expensive direction, cast-iron skillets are also great kitchen multitaskers, and can be found at hardware stores for as little as $20! With your budget, you could get him more than one size. I like my ten-inch iron skillet for making frittata, I can fry an entire cut-up chicken at once in my fourteen-inch, and smaller pans are great for eggs or sauces.
1. Le Creuset Classic Wide French Oven, 3.5 Qt. Round ($160, on sale, available in other colors)
2. Lodge Color Enamel 6qt Dutch Oven ($69, on sale, available in other colors)
3. Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8-Quart Dutch Oven ($100)
4. Royal Industries Cast Iron Skillet ($28)
5. Calphalon Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Fry Pan ($30, on sale)
Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Click here to check out our requests for you, the reader, and to contact us, and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!
Found of You here: Rather than find you the perfect LBD, look to me for the perfect accessories! As an accessorizing whiz, I can style your "What do I wear with it?!" clothing, dig up awesome maternity and nursing clothes (I'm a Mommy!), and make your tootsies look perfect in fabulous flats (or pumps, or sandals). Oh, and if you need to give someone (ME!!) a gift, I say buy 'em food and books, and I'd love to help you find just the right stuff.