Staub is an alternative to Le Creuset cast iron cookware. Both are French. I own two Le Creuset dutch ovens but you have to admit that these dishes look pretty appetizing. They come in 4 colors: red, sapphire blue, basil and graphite at Williams-Sonoma. At Sur la Table, you can choose between black, pesto, grenadine and graphite.
The lid features self-basting spikes for continuous, even distribution of juices throughout cooking. The result is food that is moist and flavorful. The ceramic bottom is suitable for use on any cooking surface, including induction. I am curious to try it. I know that if I have a choice right now, I would give a try to Staub. Especially that chances are good that I get an induction stove when I change my appliances. After gas, induction is the next best thing. I even thing that with young kids, induction is a smarter choice.
+ Staub Mini Round Cocotte Set, 1/4-Qt. $99.95 USD for 4 at Williams-Sonoma
+ Staub 2½ qt. Enameled Cast Iron Braiser $169.95 at Sur la Table
+ Staub Round Cocotte, 5 1/2-Qt. $199.95 at Williams-Sonoma