How do all those pots and pans really stack up? Here we highlight the hottest cookware.

Pot Luck

Mix up your gift wish list with select specialty pieces. Clockwise, from top: This 5 3/4-quart covered coq au vin holds a whole chicken with ease, $275, from Staub, staubusa.com. Wide edges make this 2 1/4-quart covered saucier great for stirring gravies, $160, from Le Creuset, lecreuset.com. An open-face casserole dish, like this "L Series" option, $96, from Lodge, lodgemfg.com, can be brought from the broiler to the table.

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