Fresh pepper? Yes, please! When spices are dried and kept whole, their essences— the essential oils that carry their flavors—are preserved, ready to be released upon grinding as needed. And, while we admire the French waiter's commitment to those comically large sturgeon-sized grinders, this little friend is a simple, stylish workhorse conveniently sized to live stoveside or to keep tabletop for easy seasoning. Made in France since 1874, Peugeot pepper mills have a deceptively simple, ingenious grinding mechanism. During production, the helix-shaped grooves and grinding teeth are individually cut before the steel is case hardened, making it virtually indestructible—so much so that Peugeot's grinders carry a lifetime warranty on their grinding mechanisms. The two-stage groove system cracks peppercorns before grinding for maximum flavor, the simple nut unscrews the top for refilling, and the patented u'select base offers six precision grind settings from "steak a poivre" to "vichyssoise".