The list author says: "of course if you really want to cook, you can cook with just the bare necessities, but if you really want to enjoy the experience, buy yourself some nice tools that will last and last. : )"
"i have my mom's 25 yr old model... still going! becoming a vegan cook has really gotten me using this more and more. it's more useful than you'd think. i don't own a blender, and don't think i ever will."