Q: Last night, I saw Emeril introduce his "Emeril's Cookware" line. We're sure to like them because he designed them. The man certainly has some novel ideas in his designof the cookware. He made them round! I saw one round pot that had a handle on one side, and another handle 180 degrees around the pot. Are you following me? And this pot had a lid, a round lid that had a handle right in the middle of it! Oh yeah, babe. And then there was what looked like a skillet. It too was round, but only had one long handle on one side. I didn't see any other of his cookware, but I'll bet they are just as unique as the pot and skillet. I'm very happy that Emeril took time from cooking to develope this new concept in cookware.
A: Actually, it's Asian-sourced All-Clad. I picked up one of the non-stick skillets because it was inexpensive and I don't like sinking a ton of money into non-stick cookware. It's proven to be a very niced piece of cookware -- reasonably thick anodized aluminum with a great non-stick finish. Nicely made, durable, no complaints. I haven't used the set in question, but I've found WP products to be very good values and very good for what they are. I've almost been tempted to try out the WP set from Sam's, despite the non-stick, which I generally don't care for in my cookware. The WP name represents that kind of quality/value to me. The WP All-Clad Stainless knock set off that I purchased from either Sam's or Costco so many years ago was quite good except for the somewhat short, stovepipe handles. They are not quite as short as the Kirkland handles were, so leverage was better, but they do get quite hot, unlike the Kirkland product's handles. BTW, Sam's now carries a similar knockoff to the (now discontinued?) Kirkland stainless steel full aluminum core cookware. The stuff looks terrific for a knock off, except for the short handles, which are functionally equivalent to the Kirkland product. The price, for a very similar set is about the same as the $189 mark at which Costco was selling their Kirkland set. The multi-purpose pot in the Member's Mark (Sam's) set seems to be very well thought out for utility, having good size and accessories.
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