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ManPans Cookware Set

ManPans Cookware Set

I recently posted a review on ManPans Cookware Sets.  You can read the full review here:  ManPans Review 

Be sure to visit the ManPans website to check out all of the great features!

John Crow is the founder and President on ManPans and he has a great video demonstrating ManPans.


John and I talked about ManPans and here are the  highlights of that interview. 


Vickie:  How did you come up with the name ManPans?

John:  There’s two versions of the story and one of them is not true and one is true .  The not true version is that when women would come up to me with a snarly attitude at a warehouse show and say “Why did you call it a ManPan?”    For those women I would always say “Because they get hot fast!”  The real reason is that all of my family got tired of me giving them pizza pans.  We were one of the largest manufactures of pizza pans at the time.  Then we made a pan for a company called Noodles and I really liked the pan.  I started giving them away to my friends and family.  All of the men in my family, including me, said “Wow, I finally have a pan that the handle fits my hand.”  The handle is round and it really helps you get a good grip on it. …I was actually in a meeting with a group of men who were trying to come up with a name for the pans and I said I wanted something kind of manly.  And this guy said ManlyPan.  Then I said no, That’s kind of wimpy.  Then he said, “How about Man Pans?”  And I loved it so that’s actually how it became a ManPan.

Vickie:  Well, it’s a great name and I will say it’s a great pan!  Sam Folsom with Folsom and Associates sent me the wok to review and I have to thank him for turning me on to these pans.  I really love the design of the pan and I love the handle.  I like the looks of it…I like the feel of it…and another thing I really like about the pan is the weight of it.  It’s a good weight but not too heavy.  So many of the pans out there on the market are so heavy that even without food in them, you can barely lift them.

There are a lot of good features about ManPans.  What do you think are the top features of the ManPans?

John:  The first thing is that it’s made in the USA.  There are so many different good features of the pan and everybody seems to have a different thing that they like about the pans.  It’s almost like pick your own feature!  …..People who have arthritis like the pans because the handle is easy to grip…..Foodies like the pan because it doesn’t leave flavors in the food…..It also does get hot faster than most other pans.  The lightweight is very important and it’s very ergonomic …..Most handles on pans are flat but when I made the handle for my pan, I wanted the handle to be round.

Vickie:  I also like the fact that the handle stays cool.  That’s a great feature.  Another thing that’s amazing is that you should use metal utensils on this pan.  I watched your video and couldn’t believe how the pan stood up to a metal spatula!  I’m going to share your video with my readers so they can see how durable these pans are.

You mentioned that you are a large manufacturer of pizza pans and I saw them on your website.  Can they be used on a grill or just in the oven?

John:   They can be used on a grill.  The round ones work better on a grill than the rectangle ones because the heat is not very even on a BBQ and a rectangle pizza pan tends to warp on a grill.

ManPans are made by my other manufacturing business called LloydPans.  You can also go on and see all of the pizza pans available.  The best ones are the HAPP line of pizza pans.

Vickie:  The ManPans are chef quality pans.  Do you have any pointers for home cooks on how to best use the pans?

John:  The first thing to remember is that these pans heat up much faster than other pans so you will need to use a lower temperature when cooking.  It’s usually best to lower the temperature about 50% when cooking with a ManPan.  Also, the pan does require some oil.  You can also use Pam.  The pans are stick resistant – not non- stick .

Vickie:  Is there anything else that you would like to add?

John:  They are the exact same pans used by chefs.  We didn’t dumb them down or make them cheaper.  These pans are commercial grade and will hold up to the rigors of an industrial kitchen. MansPans are different..they are totally different than any other pan.   They are not non stick, we call it stick resistant.  Because of this, you can sear with the pans.  The pans are designed to make good looking food….We like to undersell and over perform.  Our pans create great food…they are very good in your hand…and they don’t  leak flavors into the food..and all those things.  We think they are the best  balance of all of the features that you can have in a pan.

Vickie:  You’ve sold me on the pan but I must say that using it is the ultimate sale because it is a wonderful pan and I can’t wait to get the whole set!

ManPans Cookware Sets Review

Note:  I received a ManPans Wok to use for this ManPans Cookware Sets review.  No compensation was received.  The opinions in this review are my true and honest evaluation of this product.

ManPans Wok

ManPans Wok

Are you checking out cookware sets?  Are you trying to find the best cookware for your kitchen?

ManPans Cookware Sets offer lots of great features!  

I was recently asked to review ManPans and I am so glad I said yes!  I am in LOVE with this cookware!  As soon as I opened the box, I was impressed by the sleek design of the pan ( I selected the wok to review – see photo above).  But this is more than just a pretty pan.  This pan was designed by chefs and is used by chefs in commercial kitchens and restaurants around the world.  ManPans are built to stand up to lots of hard use and they just keep on turning out beautiful food!

Aside from how cookware looks, I also like pans that are a good weight but not too heavy.  Some pans are so heavy you can barely lift them but ManPans is a perfect weight.  The third thing I immediately noticed is the design of the handle.  It is ROUND!  


ManPans Handle

ManPans Handle

This design allows you to really get a good grip on the pan.  Notice the word HOT on the handle?  There are actually arrows pointing from the word hot toward the pan.  That means that only the part of the handle between the word hot and the pan heats up.  The rest of the handle stays cool to the touch!  No more searching for pot holders!    

I immediately checked out the ManPans Website to find out more about this pan before I started cooking with it.  I learned that this is no ordinary pan.  

  • ManPans are tough.  The Gem-X2 coating will not chip, flake or rub off AND it is METAL UTENSIL SAFE!  
  • ManPans are PTFE free, PFOA free and free from any Fluoropolymer coatings.  No Toxins!  I think this feature alone is reason enough to replace your old non stick cookware.  
  • Made in the USA
  • Oven and broiler safe to 700 degrees F
  • The hard coat anodize and Gem-X2 sealer will not react with your food so it will preserve the delicate flavors of your food.
  • Exclusive cool grip handle 
  • Do not put ManPans in the dishwasher. Hand wash only.

 Now for my tips on using this cookware:

First, this cookware is stick resistant, not non-stick.  It is important to use a small amount of oil or Pam when you cook with ManPans.

Use a small amount of oil in the bottom of the ManPan

Use a small amount of oil in the bottom of  ManPans

Second, ManPans are made from dark anodized aluminum which means they retain heat more efficiently than your regular non-stick pans.  Because of this, you will need to adjust your heat way down (about 40% lower than other pans) so the food will not stick.  This also means you will save energy  when cooking in ManPans.  The food will cook just as fast, but at a lower temperature.

I made Stir Fry Vegetables in the wok.  I lowered the temperature as advised and I used a metal utensil.

Stir Fry Vegetables Cooking in ManPans Wok

Stir Fry Vegetables Cooking in ManPans Wok

It is fine to use metal utensil in ManPans

It is fine to use a metal utensil in ManPans

Personally, I give this pan a perfect rating  5/5

I will be ordering additional ManPans and you will see me using them on future blog posts and on my YouTube cooking channel.  I love that these pans are tough and will stand up to years of use.

You can order ManPans from their website:  Shop  ManPans  They are currently offering free shipping on orders over $200.00.  You will see that in addition to stove top cookware, ManPans also makes pizza pans and bakeware.

You can also order ManPans from

Stir Fry Vegetables in ManPan

I also had the pleasure of interviewing John Crow, president of ManPans.  Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the highlights of that interview including the answer everyone wants to know….”Why are they named ManPans????”




Check Out The New Joan Lunden Twiztt Cookware Set

Check out the New Joan Lunden Twiztt Cookware Set!

Joan Lunden Twiztt cookware has many great features.  Here is our Make Life Special interview with Joan Lunden about this great cookware set!

Joan Lunden Photo

 Buying pots and pans is a big decision for most home cooks.  Joan Lunden has just come out with a new line of non stick cookware called Twiztt.  Joan Lunden shared all of the info about this great cookware set in the following interview:  

I have always admired  Joan Lunden.  We are both  “working moms” and we started our careers about the same time.  Joan’s career was much more public than mine and I watched her on “Good Morning America” every morning as I was whizzing around getting ready for work.  She always seemed liked someone I could be friends with – share common stories, talk about our families, etc.

Well, when I received the call to interview Joan Lunden, I immediately said “Yes!”.

My expectations of Joan Lunden – both the public figure we all know, and the private person with a family – were confirmed when I interviewed her.  She is a “real” person.  She is very “down-to-earth”.  I loved chatting with her…We talked so much that I am actually doing four different posts from our interview.

The first post covers her new venture – a line of healthy non-stick cookware called Twiztt.  I reviewed the cookware a few weeks ago:  Twiztt Cookware by Joan Lunden


Twiztt Cookware


Vickie Interviews Joan Lunden

I talked  to  Joan about her new line of cookware called Twiztt and I am sharing that with you in this post.  I also wanted to ask her about juggling family (she has 7 kids) with a busy work schedule.  I also wanted to find out if my impression of Joan Lunden was accurate – that she really is a very nice person who cares deeply about her family.   I started off with my questions about her cookware line:

Vickie:  Here at Make Life Special, I focus on getting people back into the kitchen to cook and getting families and friends back around the table – sharing great food.  I love the new Twiztt cookware.  Can you share some of the features that make it so convenient to use?

Joan:    Well first of all, I’ll just tell you all about the cookware because I’m really excited about this.  Every single piece in the line does have a new twist…..It is cookware with a new twist.  Pots and pans have basically been the same for decades.  This cookware company out of Belgium came to me because they were looking for a real health advocate, a woman’s advocate, a family advocate, and someone who Americans would turn to for reliable information.  …That’s why they brought me on board.


One of the best features of the cookware is that we use a ceramic, non-toxic, non-stick surface.  When non-stick cookware was introduced into this country back in the 60’s, it was wonderful as far as the convenience.  Americans loved it!  Things didn’t stick, it was easy clean-up…and then later on when we all became health conscience, we turned to the non-stick cookware because we didn’t have to use as much butter or oil.  The problem is, al that old non-stick cookware is made with toxic chemicals.  We have known this for a long time, but frankly, I think most of us just looked the other way. We really liked the convenience and ther was no alternative on the market.  It has really taken the industry a long time to come up with a healthy alternative.

But, we do have it now.  The ceramic surface is NOT toxic.  To give people a little background about why they need to go into their kitchens and open up their cabinets and if they have that old non-stick cookware….its turned brown …you’ve got to throw it away.  Because, the stuff that they made those pans with is a toxic chemical that really can’t stand to be heated too much.  Isn’t that ironic because that what you do with a pan?  If you heat it up more than 450 to 500 degrees,  it starts to melt down , it decomposes,  and it lets off toxic fumes.  ( Which by the way can kill a small bird —that’s how toxic they are, if you have a small bird in your kitchen)

They let off toxic fumes that also affect us.  People will walk around all day with flu like symptoms, nauseous, chills and a headache and they write it off to – you know, I must have picked up a bug.  But no, its from cooking on those old non-stick pots and pans!  ….These chemicals are so pervasive in America because we have cooked on this non-stick cookware that they say 95% of Americans have it in their system.  …and all newborn babies are born with it….And I just don’t know if Americans realize in their heart of hearts how much they need to throw this stuff away.

But, now there is a choice.  The Twiztt cookware has a ceramic surface that is a light creamy color…and its really pretty to cook on that surface.  We also wanted to discern ourselves from everyone else.  I have a very high regard for the American consumer.  When they are told a product is not safe, they just make the choice not to buy it anymore.  The American consumer takes the bad product off the market.  And I think that whats going to happen with this.  The EPA has been wrestling with this for years and years and years  but I think it will be the American consumer  who will walk in and they will see that creamy white non stick surface and everyone else is a black or dark grey because they know good and well its going to burn and the consumer will make the choice.  I think within the next 5 to 10 years, we won’t have any of that old non-stick on the market.

But it’s more than just the non-stick surface that makes the Twiztt great.  When you see all of the pieces of the cookware,  Vickie, it just makes cookware a little smarter.  The saucepans and casseroles have little measurement markers on them on the inside so you don’t have to go get a measuring cup.  The lids are locking lids so you can take a pot with one hand over to the sink and drain it and you don’t have all the spaghetti fall out!  And how many of us have done that!

Vickie:  Well, let me tell you… I am checking out this afternoon to see the full line.  When I did the review, I received a sample Twiztt pan…and it is beautiful.  I will say that I love that pearly white cream colored coating.  And,  for me… and I think for most cooks, until now we did not have any options.  It was either the old non stick or go back to stainless without a coating on it.

What’s Different About The Loan Lunden

Twiztt Cookware?

Joan:  And you will see the difference, Vickie, when you go to the store.  In addition to the ivory coating, the one thing that completely sets us apart for everybody else is that we just don’t sell you a sauce pot with a lid  or a casserole with a lid.  We also include in with that melamine bowls – each one comes with a melamine bowl.  And the beauty of this is that first of all, they are very multi-purpose.  You can stir up a recipe in them and  you can serve in them .  Most importantly, what they allow you to do is take the hot pot right off the stove which you would never go over and set that on your table.  But you can drop it down into the melamine bowl that it is sold with and it actually rest right on a little lip that is on top and there is actually a little bit of air in between the pot and the bowl which keeps the food hot.  You don’t have to get out another serving dish and transfer the food — because that’s one more dish to wash –and that makes a difference.  It can go right on the table.  People can push it from person to person and not get burned ….And, it will keep the food hot for up to 2 hours!

And I think that is important in the landscape of what families are like today.  We don’t all come home and the same time and sit down to dinner.  Family members are coming home all night long at different times —-from soccer, from  cheer leading practice ,so that’s why a meal has to kind of “stay” over the course of and hour or two.

So, I think all of these things will make the cooking process a little bit easier,  a little bit faster,  a little bit safer… and hopefully, a little bit more fun….So we can get people back into the kitchen.  We need to do that.  As families, we need to do that.  We need to do that so we can insure that we are feeding our children safe and healthy food.  I think its been proven time after time in studies that you will eat a more healthy calories conscious meal if you cook at home than if you go out to dinner.

Vickie:  Really, I think we have just been in a vicious circle….Look at obesity.  Our national statistics on obesity are horrible.  And it all works together.

Joan:  Yes, and we just have to continually get that word out.  And provide easy to make recipes  and in my case, provide an easy to cook on product line.  Women don’t want it to be hard.  They don’t want to be at the kitchen sink scrubbing the rest of the night.  Nobody likes that!  But it’s so important to get the family to be back home and to get used to being at home.

Part 2 of this interview will features Joan’s tips for easy entertaining at home.

Where to buy Twiztt Cookware

Twiztt Cookware is available at

Joan Lunden Twiztt Cookware

Joan Lunden Twiztt Cookware

Be sure to check out Joan Lunden’s website for lots of great tips and recipes  for healthy living:


Twiztt Non Stick Cookware

 Twiztt Non Stick Cookware by Joan Lunden

Twiztt is an innovative new line of safe and responsible non stick cookware that is perfect for the everyday busy mom.  This line of cookware was developed by Joan Lunden, host of  Good Morning America for nearly two decades, and hit the market this past October.

Twiztt is perfect for the holiday season with 5 key features allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table.

  • Easy Entertaining – the melamine bowls take out an extra step and extra dishes.  Take these bowls from stove to to the table.  They look beautiful and save you the extra time during the holidays.
  • Easy Cooking – Each skillet comes with a bamboo chopping board and fits perfectly on top of the melamine bowl, making it easy to collect waste when chopping. 
  • Easy Measuring – The cookware has capacity markings on all products
  • Easy Storing – Light weight construction and stackable products make this the perfect cookware for small spaces.
  • Easy Gifting – Twiztt products make for the perfect gifts.  Everyone loves the simplicity of Twiztt!
This cookware does not use PTFEs or PFOAs .  This cookware is coated with an innovative mineral ceramic non-stick coating called Thermolon.  It is completely free of plastic synthetics and harmful PTFEs and PFOAs.  
The entire Twiztt by Joan Lunden collection recently launched in Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide.  This great collection includes:
  • A stainless steel casserole pot with “keep warm” bowl and a stainless steel lid with a straining function, available in red or white and 3 or 5 quart sizes.
  • Stainless steel, Thermolon non-stick coated fry pan available in 8,10, or 12 inch sizes.
  • A two quart stainless steel saucepan with cover, and “keep warm” melamine bowl with a stainless steel lid and straining function, available in red and white.
  • A 12-inch round cast iron grill pan with a wire rack, a high dome stainless steel lid with steam control functions, which can be used to attain perfect sears and convection-style cooking for an easy way to finish off creative dishes, available in red.
  • A four piece, all-in-one set, including a 10 inch stainless steel, Thermolon non-stick skillet, a “keep warm” melamine bowl for easy stove to table placement, a removable stainless steel lid with steam control functions and a bamboo chopping board.
You can also order these online at:  Bed Bath & Beyond
These would make perfect holiday gifts for any cook on your list.
Be sure to check out Joan Lunden’s website for lots of great healthy living tips and recipes!



I received a sample of the Twiztt cookware for this review.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions.
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