While writing up this interview with Chef Joshua Johnson of the French Pastry School in Chicago, Cooks v. Bakers, Cupcakes v. Macarons I realized I cannot be the only one wrestling with the purchase of a kitchen scale. One article or blog I read somewhere said to ask a drug dealing friend if they have an extra one, but I thought I'd do a little more research than that! It turns out, that one that measures in grams is, in fact, preferable. Here are my Tweeps (my Peeps in the land of Twitter) and their thoughts, recommendations on buying a kitchen scale.
chezus @LDGourmet this is the scale we have, luv it! http://astore.amazon.com/chezdenietlau-20/detail/B000698A66
It's particularly useful to measure using a scale in baking, which as Chef Johnson notes, is really where precision matters.
He also shared a recipe for Alsatian Cinnamon Star Cookies, called Zimtsterne. Note the recipe gives amounts in cups, grams and ounces! It was a kick to find the reference to Alsace (France's smallest region with largest number of culinary stars!) here in my review of Sandrine's - at a media dinner where I met Chris Lyons (PR Queen!), and Richard Auffrey, Adele Xavier, Pam Agababian, and Megan Johnson. What a meal that was and what a fun crew!