Food slicers & mandolines are small appliances or gadgets that make food preparation enormously easier. Food slicers can be a generic sort of tool that has multiple purposes, such as slicing cheese, potatoes or even carrots; or they can be more specialized items such as an apple corer/slicer, or a melon slicer. Mandolines are cutter/slicers that have various blades and a holder to keep your fingers from getting sliced. The name comes from the hand motion that is very like that of a lutist strumming a mandolin. Mandolines make cutting even tough items like carrots a lot easier.