The new gourmand diet differs from the butter-laden recipes from TV chefs. Today, whole and raw foods and homemade juices are common. For that, you’ll need a punched-up blender. Avoid the wedding-gift-quality styles from your childhood that couldn’t blend warm grapes. The Vitamix is hands down the best. It’s sturdy, relatively quiet, and super powerful—enough to liquefy almonds in a few seconds.