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A textured surface that you can find on Anolon Cookware can aid in browning or searing, and allows you to "deglaze" the pan. After browning, food residue collects in the recessed areas. Simply add a bit of wine, stock or water, and reduce for a simple sauce. This works best with high quality cookware and deglazing can be a great cleaning technique or lead to some fantastic home made gravy.