Last New Year’s, I got mail from Tony Maws at Craigie Street Bistrot that mentioned, among other things, that Peugeot pepper mills were the right thing to use. I finally ordered this one. It's great.
Yes, it’s the same Peugeot. Turns out they were a pepper-mill company that got into a sideline of making automobiles.
In tough times, it’s nice to treat yourself to little tools. A decent pepper mill means that now I have mills for both white and black pepper — and that I'll stop underseasoning everything because the old mill was a bit of a bother. Another purchase: a $1.95 salt shaker means that now I have two salts: one for the table, one for the counter. One less excuse to forget to season things before you serve.