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Q: Hello cooking experts, Being a newsgroup fan of stuff I love (golf, acoustic guitars) I realize the best place to get opinions, contrary to advertisers' wants, is at the newsgroups and not epinions.com or even the deja.com rankings. So, here's the info: I'm getting married in August. Having been in college the past 5 years but graduated, I may now actually have the time to be the weekend gourmet I aspire to become. And since I'm also getting married, I get to register for lots of goodies. I love to cook but know very little about the best products. So here's my question-- what would you buy if you were in my position? which brand, what pots & pans, what knives, which appliances? I've been to register and Calphalon looks the best, but it also looks like it has the best marketing people in the business. ditto for Henckels, and all the appliances look the same (Cuisanart, KitchenAid). And do I really need a $250 mixer? Aaarrgghhh! Please help! Thank you.
A: You are going to get lots of opinions here on what to buy or register for. All of the advise is pretty valid as there are a lot of great cooks here. I would suggest you temper the advise with the socio-economic status of your guests and friends. In short register for what you think the people you are inviting can and would want to afford. Just keep in mind most people have some sort of budget in mind when they go shopping for anything. Finally when you register the store people will be very helpful just be sure to give your guests reasonable choices and plenty of choices. I don't know if this will help you much but here goes. I'm a culinary arts student and what we use as far as knives is Dexter Russell, they're a LOT cheaper than Henkel's or Wustoff which is really marketed for people who think they're buying the best commercial knives possible when most of them aren't even NSF approved. As far as cookware, I have a set of Calphalon professional cookware, but I don't like it and I don't use it. I find that food sticks and it's hard to clean. You don't want stainless steel, food sticks and poor conductor of heat, Cast iron is great but heavy and can crack if dropped. My best suggestion is go to a restaurant supply store and look at the cookware, find something that is comfortable for you to handle and suits the way you plan to cook. I would opt for All Clad cookware, Wusthof-Trident knives, and Kitchenaid appliances, though Kitchenaid also makes a super line of cookware. NB I hope your friends are RICH!
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