Now's the time to buy a Dutch oven and start baking bread.

By Kelly Vaughan
March 27, 2020
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If you've spent the last couple weeks at home cooking and baking for your family, you may have tried your hand at some new, more involved recipes. While so many people are social distancing due to coronavirus, there's no better time to make hearty stews and large loafs of sourdough bread than now; if you're looking to treat yourself to a few new tools to get the job done, we suggest picking up a few of Le Creuset's enameled cast-iron cookware pieces in your favorite colorway. Adding to their already alluring collection of two dozen different hues, the brand launched two new and exciting color options: licorice and stone.

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The ultra-modern collection will look fabulous on your stovetop year-round (let's face it, if you own a Le Creuset Dutch oven, you'll definitely want to leave it on display). Licorice is the deepest shade of matte black available from the brand. "Sweetened with just a glimmer of sheen and accented with a cool, stainless handle, Licorice is the perfect cookware for discerning, timeless taste," reads a statement from the brand. Licorice is available in a full-range of products from the brand, including the Signature Round Dutch Oven (from $150, lecreuset.com), 10.25" Signature Square Skillet Grill ($180, lecreuset.com), 4-qt. Heritage Covered Rectangular Casserole ($115, lecreuset.com), and Heritage Loaf Pan ($50, lecreuset.com).

Unlike other shades of grey available from Le Creuset, Stone isn't one solid shade, but rather has subtle specks of white just like real rocks found in nature. "Stone has a quiet, natural-toned beauty that keeps up with your ever-evolving look and lifestyle. Invite it to a party of festive color, pair it with other neutrals, or let it stand up to the elements on its own," says the brand. Stone is available in the brand's 5.5 Qt. Signature Round Dutch Oven ($360, lecreuset.com), 3.5 Qt. Signature Braiser ($310, lecreuset.com), and 10.25" Signature Iron Handle Skillet ($100, lecreuset.com).

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Stone comes with gold knob hardware, and Licorice is adorned with silver, but both are interchangeable with Le Creuset's signature knobs ($20, lecreuset.com), which range in a variety of shapes and materials. Even if you already own Le Creuset cookware, these two deep-dark hues will blend seamlessly into your collection. And if you don’t? Well, now's the time to invest.