Originally Posted by dave2132
i heard that aluminum was linked alzheimer is that just a rumor
working backwards through your questions ...
Aluminum cookware will probably not cause you to develop Alzheimer's disease - depending on which study you read. Check your library for a copy of Harold McGee's The Curious Cook
and read Chapter 14 - Minding The Pots and Pans: The Case of Aluminum
(pages 244-267) for a good discussion on aluminum and its correlation to Alzheimer's disease. Browse the aisles of a professional kitchen store ... almost all of the cookware is aluminum.
TJ Max sells at discount prices ... just because you get a deal (lower price) on an item there doesn't mean it is inferior quality - compared to the same item bought somewhere else at full price. Normally, burning things is caused from one of two reasons - either really thin cookware or trying to cook everything at full-bore temp to try to cook it faster under the assumption that "the higher the flame the faster it will be done". Even with the best cookware - you can burn things if the heat is too high.
There is a lot of good cookware out there these days with an "encapsulated" aluminum disk on the bottom of stainless steel pans that cook just as well as more expensive tri-ply. Anodized aluminum is good, as is cast iron and enamel coated cast iron or steel. And then there are the nonstick lines. They all have their advantages and their disadvantages as for how they cook. And, price is another consideration.
As your cooking skills grow - so will your collection of cookware. There is, IMHO, no one perfect set of cookware.
Hope this helps.