benriner japanese mandoline slicer | Don't be tempted by expensive slicers; this is what all the restaurant kitchens use. It takes up very little space and the blade is impossibly sharp (be careful!). I use it for everything; it's especially good at shaving sturdy winter vegetables (cabbage, fennel, cauliflower) thin enough to be salad-ready.
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Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer, $32.99, available at Harvest Essentials. Whether cutting slivers of garlic for pasta or raw root vegetables for a lively winter salad, the mandoline offers cooks the opportunity for beautifully thin cuts with a high level of consistency. The adjustments allow for a multitude of thicknesses, and the mandoline also comes with three sets of teeth that can be attached to achieve different cuts. A hand guard is included to protect your digits.