The Quicker Cookset

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After more than 50 years of peddling other manufacturers’ pots and pans, Williams-Sonoma has constructed a damn fine set of its own. The Thermo-Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set, made of magnetized stainless steel and aluminum alloy, conducts heat 35 percent faster than others. Their ergonomic handles feel great in the hand, too. [$800; williams-sonoma.com]