I chose this because I think it's a great example of my favorite sort of kitchen tools: Things that can go from the kitchen to the dining room. I love colorful bowls that can work for storage, mixing, and serving. I also love wood boards and blocks that can be used for chopping and mincing, but also for serving a cheese plate. I also use this block as a trivet; it's good-looking and also indestructible. When it's not in use I leave it on the sideboard with a vase of flowers on top.
Chinese chopping blocks like this one are extremely heavy. Mine has a handle for easier carrying, which is nice. I bought this at a local Chinese grocery store for under $20. You can find them at all price points at Chinese groceries, on Amazon, and in specialty kitchen shops.
One last note on this board: It's quite tall, and you can find versions that are even taller. So if you are a tall cook, this might be a good buy. You can lift up your countertop just a bit, with three inches of solid chopping block!
(Image: Faith Durand)