Since childhood days, I watched my mother cook and I watched top chefs such as Julia and Jacque on television- all of them passionately concocting some delectable dish in easily recognizable cookware. It would be years later before I realized why the greatest chefs and home cooks in the know were fervent fans of this brand called Le Creuset (pronounced “croo-zay”) but I never forgot their classic vividly colored pots and pans, gleaming with a shine that spoke of lifelong quality and memories of flavors cooked in.
My first very own Le Creuset pot was a wide French oven when I was in my 20s. I remember thinking what a fantastic piece of cookware it was but my full appreciation and obsession developed in my 30s, after globetrotting and logging countless hours in front of home and professional stoves.
These days my home kitchen is stocked full with Le Creuset French ovens, roasting racks and pasta pots. What makes these Le Creuset the best cookware? Firstly, with proper loving care, these kitchen tools last longer than a lifetime. Like fine wine or a great chef’s iconic knife, Le Creuset cookware can be passed down from one generation to the next- holding with it treasured family memories of hearty home cooking.
From a technical standpoint, Le Creuset’s pots are made of enameled cast iron, which makes for supremely even cooking (no burn spots) and amazingly easy cleanup. Their interiors all feature a soft beige color, making the task of monitoring your food’s progress actually feasible when compared to dealing with the predominantly black or dark interiors of most other cookware. How can you see if something is burnt if it’s the same color as the pot you’re cooking in?
From stews to soups and yes, even stir-fries (sorry, woks), my French ovens are as versatile as they are beautiful. Their Sauciers (deep pans), Stockpots and Soup pots are all equally as versatile. With one of each of them- you will not need any other cookware.
With nearly a century behind this iconic company, Le Creuset is a leader in their field, sporting ergonomically thoughtful designs that evoke an era of warm family and friends get-togethers and inspire modern day home cooks to continue such traditions. With their signature collection of bright, saturated colors, there’s a “mood” to suit every culinary creator whether at home or in a professional kitchen.
After passing inspection through more than a dozen pair of human hands in their factory in France, Le Creuset’s exceptional craftsmanship sets the gold standard in a cookware industry full of imitators and low quality junk.
If you love to cook and you understand the value of having the best to work with, there is no other brand that surpasses Le Creuset.
Here are a few of the recipes I’ve cooked using Le Creuset cookware.