On Buying a New Set of Dishes: What Do You Recommend?

Reader Intelligence Request

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Let's talk plates for a moment, shall we? As cooks, food is (understandably) the star of the show. But where would be be without something on which to place all that delicious, beautiful food? Dishes are an essential part of the cooking life, but shopping for them can be a challenge. There are so many options, styles, and stores to choose from. Where do you start if you want to buy a new set?

That's where you come in, readers: what's your advice for buying a set of dishes?

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If you've purchased or acquired a new set of dishes recently, we want to hear about the experience. What were you looking for? What were your priorities? What considerations came into play? Did you buy a complete set, or individual pieces? Do you have any strong brand or store recommendations — or conversely, warnings?

How did you choose your dishes? Give us your thoughts, tips and tricks!

(Image credits: Leela Cyd)