No meal makes itself. As soon as more than one ingredient is combined with another, there is a meal. Now, of course we could all go around plucking ready-to-eat fruit and veggies straight from what grows out of the ground, but a meal that does not make. A snack, maybe, but not a meal. Even a salad has to be put together. But just because a meal has to be constructed doesn't mean it has to be complicated -- or even require any work.
The KitchenAid Stainless-Steel Multicooker & Stir Tower ($399.95) is a combination device that cooks a meal and watches over it, too. Consisting of a versatile cooker and a separate stirring mechanism, the countertop appliance makes for hands-free cooking of a variety of meals. The one kitchen helper is capable of being (among other things) a steamer, a slow cooker, or a saute pan as well as an automatic risotto and rice maker. It even has a yogurt-making function.
For those who appreciate a more hands-on approach, the cooker features customizable settings that can be saved. For those who like to cook hands free, the included self-stirring tower keeps food from burning and has three different speed settings. With an operating temperature range of 100 degrees to 500 degrees, the convenient cooker looks to stir things up in the kitchen, but some user interaction will still be required; after all, somebody still has to put everything in the pot.