I went to culinary school and spent many years in the food industry prior to career changing and for the past 5-10 years, this piece of cookware has been my favorite. If I had all the money in the world, all my pots and pans would be this brand, but alas! I'm a poor teacher! I love this product for its uniform heat distribution, heavy bottom, and versatility. I've cooked everything in it from French caramel candies to red wine braised short ribs. It allows for a great sear on meat; and also no hotspots when making something like caramel. My only complaint is that it does scratch and discolor over time, but not any more than expected. It is incredibly pricey, but worth the cost in the end, because one of these pots may last almost your lifetime.