I have just started the process of registering and love all the great advice on these boards. Ironically, I think I am putting more thought into registering for cookware than actually getting married. But this is a big decision as the pans will last a lifetime, oh wait.
At this point I am looking at AC MC2/ltd for most of the basics. Yes, its over priced, but we are not paying for it and it is easy to register for. I think we will also pick up a Staub 7 quart and some sort of nonstick skillet.
But I find myself lusting after a copper saucier. With my current skill level I doubt there will be a huge difference in output from a mc2, Mauviel or Falk, but you don't have to be fomula one driver to appreciate a Ferrari. I am trying to decide between the Falk 1.5 quart starter and a mauviel saucier. It looks like mauviel has recently changed up its lines. Some stores still have the cuprinox, but it seems like mauviel has moved to Professional, 1830 and Copper lines.
Sur La Table says the Professional has the 2.5 mm copper and the Copper line has 2 mm copper. Can't find any info on the 1830 line specifications. Anybody have more info or suggestions?
Just my two cents, but if I were going to have just one really fine copper pan (and I do) it would be a fait tout. I've had a MC2 saucier for about ten years that is a splendid pan and has been a real workhorse for me, and I sometimes use it at pretty high temperatures without worry. My tin-lined fait tout is for lower temperature sauce making and is a great tool for that purpose.
re: Jim Washburn
Thanks for the help. JM, so if you were limited to getting one copper pan you would go for the slant-sided saucier?
The other issue I am running into is registering for the stuff. The folks who would actually gift the really nice stuff are likely to be luddites who won't want to buy stuff on line (like the Falk). Sur la table, which has a pretty good collection of copper, has a horrible online registry system.
I might just have to buy the pan on my own, and then figure out to justify to the soon to be wife.