The Paderno World Cuisine 9 1/2" ceramic and bamboo steamer set is a modern interpretation of the traditional Chinese steamer. It consists of a base, a bamboo container and a lid. The fireproof ceramic bowl can be used in conjunction with a gas stove, oven or microwave. Terra cotta is used for its efficient liquid absorbing properties. The steamer is used for dumplings, dim sum and vegetables, among countless other dishes. Not for use with induction ranges.