Nothing is more utiltarian and cheaper to use than the Famous Feemster, the poor cousin of a mandolin that does exactly the same thing for half the price. I got my first Famous Feemster as a young cook just out of college. Myu mother, who never cooked, thought it looked like a nifty tool. Thirty years later, it still is. I have my original Feemster, which has never lost its edge, has an adjustable metal plate so you can get super thin slices and cleans up in a snap. If you want one of your own, just click here. Only $8.50 and worth every penny.