If you are only going to purchase one skillet, this 12-inch Christopher Kimball stainless steel 5-ply skillet is the one to have. It can handle the biggest jobs, including a whole chicken of parts, big batches of vegetables or greens, or even for cooking our Spanish Pork and Chorizo Stew (Carcamusa) on the stovetop. This skillet is made from 5-ply professional grade stainless steel sandwiched around a pure aluminum core that provides superior heat conductivity and cooking performance. The magnetic stainless steel exterior makes this premium cookware ideal for any cooking surface, including induction cooktops. No hot spots. Even heating. Great durability because the weight and construction of the pan discourages warping. (Never put a hot pan in a cold sink.) It is made from 18/10 stainless steel and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. The handles are custom designed for comfort and ease of lifting.