What is a Mandoline?

July/August 2011
Learn how to use a mini mandoline slicer, a kitchen tool for slicing vegetables.
Origin: A Japanese take on a French kitchen classic. What's It Do? Easily serves up perfectly sliced vegetables, from paper-thin to moderately thick. You simply glide them across its angled blade. Special Features: Small enough to fit in a drawer, stay-sharp ceramic blade, dishwasher safe, exponentially more portable than a full-size mandoline and a fraction of the cost. Ideal User: Weekend chefs with all the ambition of Jacques Pépin but not his knife skills. Perfect for: Coleslaw, potatoes au gratin and Shaved Zucchini-Fennel Salad. Pictured: Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline ($24.95 at surlatable.com)