a Boos board is a high-quality board and a great tool, but a bamboo board will work very well and should serve many years. I've read that they also provide some anti-bacterial protection. generally you want to use a wood, bamboo or composite plastic board. having several boards in varying sizes is very helpful is you do much cooking. you don't want to cut on glass, marble, steel, glass etc. all of these will dull a knife, roll the edge, etc.