Stamford, Connecticut
Bet you haven’t heard this story: After Cuisinart founder Carl Sontheimer discovered the commercial food processor at a French trade show in the early 1960s, he went right to work on creating a version just for home cooks. Fast forward to 1973, and America’s first-ever home-friendly food processor was born. It quickly gained favor among the likes of James Beard, Jacques Pépin, and Julia Child—yep, *that* Julia Child. And now? Cuisinart’s still making a whole lineup of time-savers we thank our lucky stars for.