Color — Black
For everything from stews and soups to roasts, casseroles, and even loaves of bread, this cocotte is an all-around MVP (most valuable pot). It’s made in Alsace, France, from cast iron—the heat retention and distribution are best in class—with an easy-to-clean matte enamel interior that browns food beautifully and doesn’t need to be seasoned. The tight-fitting lid has spikes on its underside that create a rain forest effect: They gather moisture and release it evenly back into your food, basting it as it cooks. And with a sleek (and durable) black enamel exterior, the cocotte can go straight from stove to table.
The French Alsatian tradition of fine food and even better ceramics inspired Francis Staub to create a superior cooking pot in 1974. The enameled cast iron cookware is perfect for slow-cooked comfort food and one-pot dishes. Staub is a mainstay of the French kitchen cabinet, entrusted with the secrets of family recipes and the innovations of master chefs for generations.