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Shopping for Cutting Boards

The cutting board — an all-in-one chopping block and serving platter — may be the most useful item in your kitchen. Why limit yourself to just one?

Shopping for Cutting Boards

Shopping for Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are the workhorses of the kitchen. But they’re equally at home in the dining room or living room, as casual serving platters.

“Boards are just so beautiful and easy,” said Shelly Westerhausen, the author of the cutting-board-focused cookbook Platters and Boards (Chronicle Books) and the founder of the blog Vegetarian Ventures.

“I’ve always loved the way you can serve a robust meal” — an impressive spread with a range of choices — “but still have it cater to everyone,” she said, including guests with different preferences and dietary restrictions.

So why limit yourself to just one? While a single board could certainly do double duty, Ms. Westerhausen recommended having several, some for food preparation and others for displaying the meal.

“An everyday item that I’m gong to keep handy on my counter,” she said, “is going to get a lot of wear and tear.”

Unless you’re careful, she added, you could “end up with a bunch of knife marks” on your favorite serving platter.

Shapely cutting boards in oak or maple

From $75 each at Hawkins New York: 844-469-3344 or hawkinsnewyork.com

Natural stone serving board

$22 at Anthropologie: 800-309-2500 or anthropologie.com

Cutting boards made with end-grain maple, walnut and cherry

From $175 each at Jayson Home: 800-472-1885 or jaysonhome.com

Acacia wood board with integrated handle

$50 at West Elm: 888-922-4119 or westelm.com

Paper composite board with cutting grid and conversion table

$59 at Food52: food52.com

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