Best Bet: Cuisinart’s Mini Food Processor

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Photo: Courtesy of Sur La Table

Cooking isn't easy in New York — a combination of shrunken kitchens, pricey ingredients, and the need for space-consuming gadgetry — which is why a disproportionate percentage of us live on takeout. Cuisinart's new mini food processor seems designed for recipe-shy apartment-dwellers. The small size means it won't overtake your limited cabinet space, and the three-cup bowl is just right for small-batch meals. The blade chops ingredients course or fine for soups, sauces, salads, and salsas. Best of all, you won't have to deal with dishes: Both the bowl and blade are dishwasher-safe.

Cuisinart 3-Cup Mini-Prep Food Processor, $39.95 at Sur La Table or online.