Reading this kitchen scale takes on new meaning

The Taylor Book End Scale stores upright on a bookshelf. A thin design and protective cover add to the appeal.

The Taylor Book End Scale makes for some good reading.
The Taylor Book End Scale makes for some good reading. Williams-Sonoma

Despite the availability of a plethora of recipes online, many good old-fashioned cookbooks still quite often do the trick; they are easy to thumb through, they are usually well-organized into themes, and they don't stop working when they get wet.

Because of this timeless usefulness, it is not uncommon to find a few cookbooks hanging about on a shelf in practically any kitchen. They make for a good resource when one is not sure what to cook. All one has to do is peruse the spines, pulling one down when they find one of interest. And the scale while they're at it.

The Taylor Book End Scale nestles in with the cookbooks, finding camouflage amongst Better Homes and Gardens and Betty Crocker. The 8-inch-square, 0.5-inch-thick scale comes with a protective cover for easy storage.

In use, the scale features a tare function and a smooth, glass platform. Its operation is controlled via sealed touch buttons, so no stray ingredients get stuck in any nook or cranny. The LED display (the scale uses two AAA batteries) shows measurements in 0.1-ounce increments, and the scale load tops out at 11 pounds, about the weight of a few good cookbooks. When finished, it goes back up on the shelf where it stands at the ready till next time it is needed to be read used again.

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