A few years ago, I burned out the motor in my food processor by trying to make a "raw vegan cake" with a recipe that involved starting with raw carrots. (Live and learn to trust your gut when looking at recipes). For months, including dozens of emails and phone calls back and forth with the manufacturer, I tried to find a way to repair or replace it—either by mail or by finding an authorized local repair shop. Every customer service rep told me basically the same thing, unofficially of course: It’s cheaper to just buy another one. But I wanted to keep all those metal and plastic and mechanical bits out of the landfill. There had to be a better way.