It may look like just another device for shredding Parmesan, but the Microplane Classic Premium Zester is kind of revolutionary. Yes, it's a multipurpose tool for zesting citrus peels and grating cheese, ginger and garlic... But it just works so well. With its ergonomic handle and long grating surface, the Microplane makes quick, effortless work of any task you set. It's easy to clean, and safe to throw in the dishwasher, if you're so inclined. Try it once and you'll see what all the fuss is about.

$19.95; Kitchen Stuff Plus and other retailers