One of my recent Costco acquisitions was a copy of Bouchon Bakery. It's quite the impressive tome. In fact, it's heavy enough that I haven't wanted to carry it around a lot, so I haven't read as much of it as I would like to yet. I did read enough to realize that one aspect of the book was going to make me very happy. One of the sections in the front of the book is titled "Throw Out Your Measuring Cups--and other notes on using this book." I'm a firm believer that using a scale in the kitchen is essential. I love the fact that the ingredient measurements are first given in grams. This book has reminded me that I really need to get a scale specifically for measuring small amounts (fractions of grams), so I can throw out my measuring spoons, too. =) Time to put that on the Christmas list.