These are a dream to cook with! You can crank the heat up and get a carmel-y sear on anything. Made in France of iron, these pans are a favorite among professional and aspiring home chefs alike. You take care of it like you do your favorite cast iron skillet, but it's less than half of the weight. Commonly referred to as black steel, blue steel and carbon steel, these pans have natural non-stick properties without any chemicals. They work great on induction too. This is a must-have.