So my cooking is going well and I figure I'll probably start having people (well, women really) over for dinner soon. I'm quite comfortable with most of the stuff in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, received my copy of La Varenne Pratique (which i should thank Iammat for-I returned Jacques Pepin's books), and I now have The French Laundry, Bouchon, Amuse-Bouche, and Culinary Artistry on the way for some more ambitious fare. Anyway, my dinnerware sucks. It's old stuff from the early 90s that my mother gave me when I first moved out. I never cared because I was always just cooking for myself and certainly wasn't worried about the visual impact of a dish. So I'd like to get new dinnerware that is plain white, but not boring. I'm wondering about the various pros and cons of porcelain vs. china. What should I be looking for? Are there any brands you can recommend that make elegant dinnerware for a comtemporary setting?