This machine uniformly slices firm vegetables and fruits and makes thin, bite-size strips (julienne) and French fries. It's easy and safe to use. You hold the food in a protective carriage to keep your fingers away from the sharp blade. (Be sure to handle the blade carefully when cleaning it.) Some more expensive wooden or stainless-steel models also have attachments for cutting foods in a waffle pattern. Look for mandolines in cookware shops.