If the fear of accidentally lopping off a finger keeps you from experimenting in the kitchen, designer Rowan Williams' Pego cutting board concept should fill you with more culinary confidence. It has a clever movable peg design that holds what you're cutting for you, so your fingers never get anywhere close to the blade.
With proper cutting techniques your fingers shouldn't be at risk of being nicked anyways, but many aspiring chefs don't have the time to master their blades. So this seems like a fair compromise. From the looks of it the board also integrates a built-in weigh scale, and assorted cutting implements, but it's that brilliant peg design that will have most amateur chefs hoping someone makes the Pego a reality.