Why it’s worth it: These heavy-duty enamel-coated cast-iron pots work on any cooking surface and retain heat very well so you can use them to serve. Bonus: They have a limited lifetime warranty. They’re heavy, but luckily, they’re pretty enough to leave on your stove when you’re not using them.
Le Creuset fennel round French ovens, from $195, SurLaTable.com
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