"You can spend tens of thousands of dollars on kitchen equipment, or you can spend a couple of hundred bucks and be done with it," says Mark Bittman on the first page of How To Cook Everything. Bittman returns to that theme today in his article in the Times. Bittman reports that he bought "a small, medium and large cast-aluminum saucepan (total: about $30)" in a restaurant supply store. "I bought a single lid ($5; I often use plates or whatever’s handy for lids because I can never find the right one anyway)." What's the most you'd pay for a pan? Anyone ready to stand up for copper cookware or the other high end items? And as stoop sale season begins, we bet there are some stories of the perfect $1.25 pan too. Let us know in the comments.