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Asparagus is a popular item on many menus this time of year. Those who love it can opt to cook it in its own special pot tall and narrow with a basket inside and a lid on top.

The idea behind this pot is that the basket holds the asparagus stalks upright, which means the thicker bottoms boil while the tips steam. Ideally, to perfection.

You'll find a variety of brands on the market, including this stainless steel one from All-Clad. It's priced $59.95 on the Williams-Sonoma website and also available through other retailers.