8 Cookware Essentials Every Guy Should Own

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8 Cookware Essentials Every Guy Should Own

Sure, you can probably get away with making meals using a set of mismatched pots and a battered cookie sheet, but once you're ready to actually enjoy cooking—and make your meals as healthy as possible—its time to upgrade your equipment. Here's how.

News flash: Ordering a big ol' container of General Tso's chicken with a side of dumplings isn't going to help you reach your goal of getting a summer six pack. But rather than swearing off Chinese food, you should start making your own healthier version in domed wok, like this flat-bottomed model from Caphalon.

Sautéing your own thinly sliced chicken, beef, veggies—along with brown rice or whole-wheat noodles—couldn't be faster, or simpler, and because the bottom is nonstick, you can cook with a very minimal amount of fat. We recommend waiting 'til the last minute, then tossing in a few tablespoons of your favorite Asian-style sauce. You won't need as much, and you'll get maximum flavor.

(hayneedle.com; $100)

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