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Gifting a dutch oven

What's a good size dutch oven to start with? I'm hoping to buy a Lodge one and want a generally useful size to gift to someone who's never had one before (but wants one!).

Said person likes cooking in large quantities to eat over the week, and likes making curries, jambalayas, sauces, and stews. He also likes to cook for others as well. I'm not much of a cook myself (more of a baker), so I don't have any kind of reference point. 3 qts? 5 qts? 7.5 qts?

I've heard generally good things about Lodge, but I'm open to other suggestions as well. Thanks SE community!

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