By Matt Neundorf
on 10.24.12
Photo by West Elm

Whether crisping up a bacon breakfast or searing your latest Month of Beef experiment, quality cookware separates the men from the boys, pans down. The West Elm Greenpan 14 Piece Cookware Set ($350), an eco-friendly arsenal with a natural non-stick coating, gives you professional-grade hardware at an affordable price.

Using Thermalon, a mineral-base ceramic, rather than chemical coating, the Greenpan set avoids PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene, or Teflon) high temperature off-gassing (the real stuff of Kitchen Nightmares), and produces an even distribution and heat conductivity rivaling pricier sets. This efficient cooking surface reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 60%, and to make Captain Planet even prouder, each handle and base is made of recycled stainless steel and anodized aluminum. The pans even season naturally over time and cook like a cast iron enameled favorite. The set includes eight- and twelve-inch frying pans, a ten-inch grill pan, a skillet, a steamer, a couple of sauce pans and even a Dutch oven so you can tackle any meal. Just remember, they prefer sponge baths to machine cleaning (who doesn’t), so your job isn’t finished after table service.

Buy Now: $350