It’s starting to feel that way, though. Last year I visited Dehillerin in Paris and bought bannetons. This year I just happened to be in the neighbourhood (no, really), so I stopped by for a few coveted items.
1) A lame (pronounced lahm). A lame is the traditional tool for slashing artisanal bread. It is essentially a glorified razor blade on a stick (if I can be so irreverent), but from what I have read it makes a big difference in your ability to make the scores look nice.
The lames at Dehillerin were the disposable kind and cheap (just over 2 euros), so I picked up three. If I like them I will probably invest in a non-disposable variety with changeable blades.
2) A crêpe spreader. I saw one of these babies in action in Burlington, Vermont at the Skinny Pancake (if you’re in the area, you MUST go!), and was so impressed by the simplicity of the technique that I wanted to have one. In Vermont I saw the T-shaped variety, while the one I picked up in Paris was more of the squeegee-shaped kind. I’m anxious to try it out. Now I just need a crêpe pan…