There are many reasons for cooking with cast iron. Cast iron skillets heat evenly and consistently. They last a lifetime and if seasoned properly a cast iron skillet will be stick resistant and thus reduce the amount of fat you need to cook with. Now take all that and add a small Syracuse, New York company that creates small batches, using traditional methods, and are environmentally responsible through their use of recycled iron. Borough Furnace Cast Iron Skillets ($280) are what we consider a quality purchase.