I pretty much only cook with cast iron and this Staub cocotte is my most prized piece. I use my 4 qt. cocotte more than any other size. The oven distributes heat evenly. Clean up is really easy. Some people have problems with cleaning cast iron and complain that food sticks to the bottom. Don't be discouraged if it happens to you. Cooking with cast iron has a learning curve, but you will figure it out.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend