Making the transition to stainless steel cookware has required re-learning most of my cooking skills. Not that I had that many to start with, but they were based on having used Teflon-coated cookware my entire life. In case anyone else is thinking about making a similar transition, here are the things I have discovered. The first is that there is an enormous price variation in stainless steel cookware. A set of 7 pans can cost from $99 to $600 or more.