Q: My mom asked for new pots and pans for Mother's Day and although she is the best, it's hard to scrape together $1,400 or more between all of us to get her the "Dream Package" which is the All-Clad Copper Core 10 or 14 piece. I am wondering if there is a similar product — of same quality just not as expensive? She wants the 5-ply with the copper center and stainless cooking surface, and I feel as though All-Clad is as good as it gets and we may have to make this request in multiple purchases but I figured I would reach out to The Kitchn Readers and the editors to see if they had any other possible suggestions.
Sent by Jenna
Editor: Jenna, wow! That's a pretty awesome gift. Two thoughts: First of all, most really excellent high-end cookware will have a similar price point to All-Clad, so I would recommend buying your mom a piece or two at a time, instead of one giant set.
Also, check out Cookware & More, which is a good discount retailer of seconds and discontinued All-Clad; you can get some great deals there.