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May 20th, 2008, 12:00 PM
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Copper Cookware

Hi Everyone,
I am in Paris now and thoroughly enjoying myself! Thanks to everyone for all of your suggestions and replies to my questions.

I would like to buy a copper saute or sauce pan while I'm in Paris. I thought I remember seeing something posted earlier about places to buy one, but cannot find it.

Does anyone know of a place?

Merci,
Jane
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May 20th, 2008, 12:06 PM
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The premier place is probably E. Dehillerin

http://www.e-dehillerin.fr/en/index.php

It's best to do some homework first, so you know what you're looking for - size, thickness, interior finish, handles, etc. Best also to price shop online before leaving home. Depending on what you have in mind, it may not be a bargain in Paris with the dreadful exchange rate. And, be thinking about how you would get your purchases home. Shipping is quite expensive for heavy items.
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May 20th, 2008, 12:09 PM
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That is indeed the best place. There used to be another almost identical place but now it is a chic clothing shop.
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May 20th, 2008, 01:46 PM
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Thank you both. This is exactly what I was looking for.
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May 20th, 2008, 02:16 PM
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Size and weight is what kept my daughter and me "honest" when we were there - but it didn't keep us from drooling over their cookware. Their "cellar" has some gorgeous copperware. I had to settle for some good knives and some kabob skewers.
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May 20th, 2008, 02:40 PM
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Is A. Simon still there? We purchased several items from them.

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May 20th, 2008, 03:11 PM
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A couple of good places to compare prices online:

www.cookware.com

www.cutleryandmore.com

www.surlatable.com

The selection is Paris is far greater, and prices are much lower (a disparity which has increased since I made purchases several years ago), if you can haul the items home with you and avoid shipping.

One trip, I brought a fold-up nylon duffle. I bought quite a bit of fabric and two copper pans. I buried the pans in the fabric and carried the bag onboard. At that time, I could not find a small saucier anywhere at home. Not only is it absolutely perfect for making beurre blanc, hollandaise, etc., every time I use it I remember shopping for it and buying it and just being in Paris.

Good luck!
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May 20th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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I haven't compared prices with Williams and Sonoma or Sur la Table but Napa Style has some nice hand hammered copper pans lined with tin:

www.napastyle.com

Have you researched copper cookware? Know if you want stainless or tin lined? Anyone have any preferences?
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May 20th, 2008, 04:11 PM
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A.Simon is very near Dellherin, but with the exchange rate as it is (or EVEN when it was at par) I found no bargains or even very affordable things to be had. FUN to look.
Williams Sonoma has a copper dutch oven on sale for $100 right now--half price.
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May 20th, 2008, 04:29 PM
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>>Williams Sonoma has a copper dutch oven on sale for $100 right now--half price.<<

Those are nowhere near the same quality as you can get in France.

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May 20th, 2008, 04:33 PM
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Compare Williams Sonoma to this:

www.frenchcopperstudio.com/

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May 20th, 2008, 05:53 PM
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Yes, E. Dehillerin in Paris. I've shopped there for decades and they have everything one could dream of and lots of copper pots.
Or try a good Homegoods, T.J.Maxx, or T.J.Maxx and More here in the States. We have very good ones here in L.A. area. I don't know where you live though. Happy Travels!
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May 20th, 2008, 06:44 PM
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You can also check out copper pans at Galeries Lafayette, which is useful for shipping things home.
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May 20th, 2008, 06:59 PM
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I'm far from an expert, and copper is undeniably beautiful and has certain cooking advantages. But -- and I suspect you are aware of this -- there are maintenance issues to consider. One nice pan, though, can't hurt to see how you like it. Good luck!
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May 20th, 2008, 09:26 PM
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Anyone going to Normandy check out Villedieu-Les-Poetes (actually between Caen and Mont-St-Michel). Famous for quality copper cookware, it is a small community and easily shopped. We have purchased several pieces there and are well pleased.

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May 20th, 2008, 10:41 PM
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Again, I agree that you have to consider the quality and all features of copper pans. I've never had any desire to collect them because if you peek in restaurant kitchens, the gleaming copper pots are hanging all over, but the chefs are using commercial aluminum (?) pans - with the occasional dish presented in an individual copper serving pan of some sort. I have many of those - oval gratins, individual pots with lids.

Williams-Sonoma carries Mauviel online and in their stores, but also a line of very thin copper pans in their stores. If you look carefully, the display pieces are often dented.

If you want to economize, some of my larger pieces are Calphalon Tri-Ply Copper and they do a very nice job.

I've learned to purchase purpose specific pieces and only invest the big bucks where nothing else produces the same results and it gets used all the time.
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May 21st, 2008, 07:28 AM
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I'm a major home chef and have 7 copper sauce pans, 5 saute pans, and 1 large oval casserole pan - all (except 3) purchased in Villedieu-la-Poeles in '84 when the Franc/dollar was 10/1. They are nickel lined. Three of the 13 pans were purchased more recently either in Villedieu or A.Simonn in Paris - and they are stainless lined. This year, nickel is starting to wear off on 1 sauce pan, so I've been looking at all the options for replacing it. High quality US made pans ware whimpy - not the same stuff. If you lifted a French pan then a US pan - you would immediatly notice the difference. Imported French pans purchased from a US distributor are very expensive. Dehillerin is costly to ship here. I'm chosen to purchase the replacement while we're in Paris for 3 weeks in Sept. Even if I don't purchase enough to qualify for a VAT refund, it will be my least expensive option. I can use it while in France too (we've rented and Apt).

I also have 3 aluminum Calphalon saute pans, and 2 sauce pans. All are the same size as ones I have in Copper. The copper saute pans have a tendency to warp after extended use - the calphalon does not. I have 2 stovetops - 8 burners total. Four are gas, and 4 are solid cast iron electric. I use the electric stove the most. Because the copper saute pans are warped, they "rock" a little on the electric solid burners, so I use them when I cook with gas.

The copper sauce pans work a lot better than Caphalon. Heat is conducted faster, so it heats up quicker when I turn on the heat, and it also heats more evenly from top to bottom because the walls of the pans conduct better and are also more insulated. The pans cool down faster too, so I can move them to a countertop sooner than Calphalon The saute pans work about the same - copper & Calphalon.

I don't polish my copper pans - gave that up 20 years ago.

I imagine restaurants use aluminum pans because they get beat up a lot & it's better to beat up a $30 aluminum pan than a $130 professional copper pan. The non-professional pans (Williams Sonoma, Sur la Table) would not last long in a restaurant.

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May 21st, 2008, 07:58 AM
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StuDudley...Oh, do I miss the days of 10 to 1. I was there that year and shopped until I literally dropped. I was just mentioning it to someone last week and couldn't remember the exact year...so now I know it was 1983. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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May 21st, 2008, 07:59 AM
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Our original set of copper pans were tin lined (all purchased from Dehillerin); now there is only one shop in our area that does retinning, bummer. Our nickel lined pots are holding up well; however we only use alcohol flame with them. Stainless steel lining is the best if you use the stove. We have purchased several pots via the Dehillerin web site; packing and shipping costs roughly doubled the price.
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May 21st, 2008, 08:07 AM
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Stu

Loved the paella pan on your link to french copper. Such a bargain - $1,800 reduced to $1,400. www.frenchcopperstudio.com/ourch2fopapa1.html
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