This handy gadget is actually part of a family of Japanese vegetable slicers. This version makes spiral or ribbon shaped slices of any firm vegetable.
This is the same model that Emeril uses when preparing a variety of "potato crusted" recipes. There are smaller versions but we find this one to be the most durable and easy to use. The video below, produced by MTC shows us how to use the slicer.
We used this slicer to make a beautiful raw zucchini "pasta". If you are not a vegetarian and you're thinking to yourself "YUCK" you really should give this a try. This is a great use for your fresh summer zucchini. Simply make your favorite pesto recipe (here is our favorite pesto recipe). Then, use the thin blade, insert a zucchini and turn the handle to produce a beautiful mound of thin zucchini strands. Place the strands in a bowl, top with room-temperature pesto and toss gently then serve.