I found this thread very helpful in choosing the cookware I am going to buy. Yes I am going the set route, but I am just starting out and don't mind shelling out 400 bucks for a 13 piece stainless steel set: Amazon.com: Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set: Kitchen & Housewares
I have to hyjack here: I used to have a dishwasher back when I was a little guy and just learning to wash dishes by myself. I never fully understood why you had to wash the dishes before
you put them in the dishwasher
. Maybe it's just me.
EDIT: scratch that. This looks like it would buy enough time to get a real set: