Copper Cookware- Reasonably Priced
Q: You have found my favorite store in the world! The website does not do justice to this treasure chest. The exterior of the store looks exactly like the photo on the website - it seems that it hasn't changed since the day it opened in 1820. The interior is equally Old World. Wooden shelves, floor to ceiling, groaning with gleaming copper cookware. Knives and every sort of cooking utensil imaginable in bins and baskets. If they don't have it, you don't need it. No prices on anything, just stock number stickers! To find out, ask one of the sales clerks, who have encyclopedic memories, or check one of the price list notebooks at the end of many aisles. Bring your French dictionary because only a few of the staff speak English. The last time I was there, a year and a half ago, I was using my best high school/college French to find out the price of a mandoline when a tour group from Chicago came in. My French was good enough to fool them because some of them trotted out THEIR French to use on me. I am sure the clerk got a laugh out of Americans trying to speak French with each other! There are a few other good cookware stores in the area. Well worth a visit if you are a foodie visiting Paris.
A: Is the quest for reasonably priced copper cookware a lost cause? Or is this an oxymoron? Copper is considered top of the line cookware for many applications. My current budget hinders the purchasing of all the well known brands. I found one french manufacturer that sells what appears to be decent copper cookware for under $100 Amercian(Saute pans, Sauce pans...) Go to http://www.e-dehillerin.fr/ I understand that shipping is about 50% the cost of the product but I am not certain. The e-mail appears to be down.(~6 francs/dollar) Some have commented that they like Revere Ware with the copper bottom. But I question the quality of this product. The copper appears to be used very sparingly. There is another store at the Metro Pointe Shopping Center (or whatever it's called) near South Coast Plaza. I haven't had time to really check out that store or any other T.J. Maxx store in the area since first spotting their cookware section a little over a year ago, but I've been meaning to. Aside from that tidbit (which I'm sure was the most vital part of this post!), the nice part about this site is that a Linens N' Things is in the same shopping center, so you can walk from one to the other to compare. I've found LNT to be one of the more competetive stores which carry a relatively full line of high end cookware. Unfortunately, they don't seem to carry copper.
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