I was intrigued by the fact that it is a clay cooker that go in the oven or on my gas stove. I like the fact that it’s just under 3Q for making a small braise or soup. But it multitasks as an excellent bread baker, the rye bread I baked in it as shown. When in the oven I offset the handles of the lid so I can lift off easily mid bread bake. Very glad I bought it.