It seems inconceivable that -- long ago in the swirling mists of time -- people had to suffer through lumpy gravies, make pesto by hand, and pound almonds to smithereens for tart crusts.
The Cuisinart, by virtue of the fact that it has delivered us from these and so many other culinary sins and trials, has achieved generic, mono-named status, like Xerox. That said, I'd never buy anything but the real, original-brand deal. It's sturdy and strong, the blades are quality steel and it assembles and breaks down for washing with ease.
I highly recommend buying the largest capacity Cuisinart you can afford. Mine is 14 cups...I wouldn't go smaller than that unless it's simply an issue of affordability.
Functional, beautifully designed, durable...and indispensable. My Cuisinart!
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