There are a few pieces of cookware that make repeat appearances in our cooking photos, and a white, wooden-handle Le Creuset pan is one of them.
You can spot it in some of Sohla El-Waylly’s recipes, this Genius recipe, and other one-skillet gems. For years our community asked us to source and sell it, an impossible task since Food52 founder Amanda Hesser picked it up at a vintage store, but now—surprise!—we’ve got the brand-new reissue in our Shop.
Le Creuset has sold versions of this pan over the course of its nearly 100-year history (fun fact: its wood-handled cookware is a best-seller in Scandinavia). But the 10-inch Alpine skillet—which Le Creuset launched exclusively with Food52—is the first piece in a small, new cookware collection the company plans to unveil. More like a sauteuse than a skillet, notes Amanda, its “curved sides are great for stirring, and the pan is open enough for foods to brown evenly and sauces to cook down quickly.”
The French cookware company made other improvements to the Alpine pan’s original design that we know fans and “Le Creuset supercollectors” will love. It comes in eight colors—some neutral, some bold (looking at you Artichaut)—and features a long, beechwood handle that will stay cool while cooking, a black satin enamel interior that eliminates the need for seasoning, and a cast-iron “helper” handle that makes it easy to transport from the stovetop to your counter or table—because this is a pan that begs to be admired.
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