Is French copper cookware worth the big bucks? Chefs defend Vice President Kamala Harris’s purchase

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,‘I just want to buy a pot.’,

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— Vice President Kamala Harris during a visit to a Parisian kitchenware store

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Call it the storm in the stewpot.

During a recent visit to France, Vice President Kamala Harris has been making headlines for her purchases of what some consider to be expensive cookware. Notably, Harris shopped at E. Dehillrin, a renowned culinary emporium with a history dating back to the 1820s.

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During his November 13 visit he told reporters, “I just want to buy a pot, a part of which was Shown on C-SPAN, Responding to a question, Harris said she was shopping with Thanksgiving cooking in mind.

A report posted on Tuesday Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, stated that Harris’ total purchase was 516 euros (about $600) and included a copper dish and a copper frying pan.

The visit has suggested that Harris has disconnected from the struggles of everyday Americans. The Washington Free Beacon noted: “The vice-presidential shopping spree comes as US states are suffering the worst inflation in three decades, putting pressure on both consumers and small businesses.”

There is also some confusion about Harris’ visit, with some on social media mistakenly thinking that the vice president has bought. Le Creuset. Cookware made by, a French brand, also on the price side. It is particularly known for the enameled cast-iron pots and pans regularly sold in the US and elsewhere as well.

,‘Buy the most expensive utensils you can afford because it really makes a difference.’,


–Veteran New York City chef John DeLucy

In any case, professional and amateur chefs alike rushed to Harris’s defense, saying that when it comes to cookware, it pays to go higher. He said that better appliances in the kitchen equal better results. In addition, cookware is likely to last a long time and thus can be a money saver in the long run.

“Buy pots that are as expensive as you can because it really makes a difference,” said John DeLucy, a veteran chef in New York City behind Ainslie’s, a Brooklyn restaurant.

Eli Valensky, a Brooklyn-based food journalist, specifically voiced his support for Le Creuset. “I’ve had these pieces for many years, and they’ve withstood all kinds of abuse,” she said of her Le Creuset Dutch oven, skillet, and saucepan.

Alex Tubero, executive chef of Amalie, another New York City restaurant, said Harris’ choice of copper-hued cookware also speaks to a certain culinary lover. He notes that copper items require a certain degree of care and maintenance, but they conduct heat extremely well, which translates into success in the kitchen.

Tubero said that cooks often look to France for kitchen utensils because of its rich culinary tradition—”there’s definitely nostalgia,” he said—but he noted that American brands often produce similarly high-quality results.

A representative for E. Dehillrin could not be immediately reached for comment. Le Creuset spokesperson Nate Collier stresses the durability of its brand and also notes that its products come with a lifetime warranty.

Harris is known to be an avid cook and once did a video, with actress Mindy Kaling, showcasing her Indian food preparation skills.

Many on social media voiced support for Harris’s cookware purchase, saying it showed a degree of practicality due to the French reputation for quality regardless of price. Even those who seem to disagree with the vice president’s politics don’t necessarily shy away from his shopping trip. As noted by an observer, “There are many more reasons to dislike Harris. It’s not one.”

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