I was at Sur La Table yesterday and, of course, decided I needed a wide variety of implements that I didn't need before I entered the store. Two items that caught my eye were the covered terra cotta baking dishes (also called something like a "diabollo" [sp?] if I'm not mistaken and the pepper mills. Making a purchasing decision was tough though because there was a wide variety scattered through a wide price range, particularly with the pepper mills.
My question is this: are there better or worse brands and what are the crucial features. Are big pepper mills better than small ones? Metal better than wood? Peugot better than Perfex? Is a glazed interior baking dish better than an unfinished interior or vice versa?
Thanks for the help.