Although no recipe or fresh produce will recreate the French Laundry, this mortar and pestel from Alessi can give your food an extra edge by helping you provide the freshest of spices. The kitchen instrument will force portion control on its users but you get to enjoy great aesthetics in conjunction with your health. The full name -- bear with me -- is the Alessi Cum Grano Salis Mortar and Pestel by Giovanni Alessi Anghini and Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo. Available directly from Alessi for $27.00 it makes a great counter addition. I've featured Alessi before but this would make a particularly great pairing with the Alessi Kitchen Scale.