A food processor is a small appliance used to perform various food preparation tasks. The term is usually applied to devices that perform multiple functions, such as chopping, mincing, pureeing, and kneading. A food processor can also be used to make doughs and pastes, such as bread dough or pesto.
Some food processors have a horizontal cylindrical work bowl into which the food is fed through a tube. The blade assembly rotates inside the bowl, chopping or grinding the food as it moves along. Other food processors have a vertical work bowl with a feed tube down the center. The motor of a food processor can be powerful, ranging from about 300 watts to over 1,000 watts.
The first food processor was invented in France in the early 1970s by Pierre Verdun and Magimix. Since then, many different companies have come out with their own versions of the appliance. Today, food processors are widely available and come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit the needs of any cook.