Hey guys I am trying to learn how to cook soup, I bought this book titled New England Soup Factory Cookbook written by Marjorie Druker and in it the author recommends getting All-Clad cook ware but doesn't specify what particular line or what metals it should be made out of. I had two questions, the first is what particular stockpot would you guys recommend? Like what brand/metal/model. My second question is I am also gonna start cooking mashed potatoes and was wondering if maybe I could get like a 4 quart stock pot or saucepan and use it both for cooking soups and mashed potatoes? Two birds with one stone so I can buy one expensive pot instead of two average ones. I only cook for myself 95% of the time so I don't think I need an 8 quart stock pot like the author of this book recommends.