I am designing a 7 or 10 piece stainless steel cookware set. I was wondering what you cooking enthusiasts' pet peeves and design 'most-wanteds' are when it comes to pots and pans.
Answer away! For ourselves, we think that heavy, well-built pots and pans are the most important part of a cook's arsenal - right up there with one good knife. Heavy pans that conduct heat well are important. We also like handles that don't get too hot, and pots that can go in the oven and under the broiler. Chris says that he doesn't like pots that are hard to clean, and he hates small top heavy pans that have handles that pull them over.
Another pet peeve is price points; there are $200 pans and $10 pans and not much in between.
We love pouring lips and green and sustainably-made pans.