I wrote an essay about the emotional attachment I have to a Le Creuset 7 1/4 qt. Round French Oven. They have several sizes and 15 colors to choose from, this 7 1/4 quart is about 12" across and is a good size for our family. I use it in the oven and on the stovetop. It's an heirloom-quality purchase - which means you will have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.