On The Martha Stewart Show, Jamie Oliver recently recommended this Kyocera Mandoline (Sur La Table, $29.95) to make his Italian street salad. These simple mandoline slicers create crunchy paper-thin slices of apple and fennel that will be the star of the winter salad bowl. While fancier mandolines, like the de Buyer V-Pro Mandoline, can do waffle and crinkle cuts and other tricks, they cost five times more. The attachments also take up space.
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I can't mention mandolines without saying: Be careful! Always use the finger guard. Mandoline blades are razor sharp and should be used and stored with caution.