Few brands of saucepans can boast icon status, but Le Creuset is up there, loved and honoured through the generations, a symbol of French cuisine and style.
My first le Creuset oven casserole dish was a wedding gift, and all these years later it is still going strong. I can't even begin to count how many stews, how many braised guinea fowl, how much compote or soups have been served from it.
The Le Creuset pans, skillets and other cooking tools are made of enameled cast iron. Heavy? yes, very, but also practically indestructible. Because they are made of iron, they heat slowly but very evenly, and are ideal for long slow cooking.
Why do I love them so much? Because they go from oven to table with no trouble at all, especially with the huge range of colours available.