Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 9-Quart Round French Oven, Cobalt

The beautiful, round French oven is perhaps the most well-known of all Le Creuset cookware. Each is individually sand-cast of rugged cast iron, then clad in two coats of hard, colorful enamel. The result? Cookware so durable it's covered by a lifetime warranty, and so attractive you'll proudly bring it to the table. Cast iron retains and distributes heat evenly, making the pot with its tight-fitting lid especially good for the slow, stovetop simmering of soups and stews. Because the black phenolic lid knob is oven-safe to 400 degrees, the pot and lid can be used to roast meat and potatoes or bake a casserole whose cheesy crust can be browned under the broiler with the lid removed. And, the nonporous enameled pot is handy for marinating meats and storing leftovers in the refrigerator.

This large French oven (some might call it a Dutch oven) has a capacity of nine quarts. You'll find this a versatile size for all your baking, roasting, and simmering needs. Le Creuset is known for suffusing the exterior of its products with bright, modern colors, while keeping a more neutral tone on the interior to showcase the cuisine. The enamel resists cracking and staining and is best cared for when the contents are stirred with nylon, wood, or silicone utensils. It's also so smooth that food particles tend not to stick, making cleaning by hand or in the dishwasher a snap. Made in France, Le Creuset premium cookware brings joie de vivre to any kitchen it graces. –Ann Bieri