I was looking to buy some good skillets and/or pots for my girlfriend for our semi-anniversary. Now before I get grief about how I shouldn't buy cooking/cleaning stuff as a present or how it's suicide, you should know that she has, on several occasions, hinted that she would rather have a practical gift than flowers or something. And since I prefer her cooking yummy meals for me over her cleaning her house, I have chosen some nice new cookware. Her current set needs washing often because she quickly uses them all, and I know she hates washing pans. So here we go.
I am not looking to spend more than $100 on this (though I'm looking on ebay, so this is reasonable), and I was wondering if anyone here know what material quality cookware is made from. I was looking at clad, but this seems to be really pricey. Google showed me some debates about whether aluminum causes Alzheimer's or not, and I don't know if cast iron is light enough to be a good candidate. Help?