The Vita-Mix Professional Series CIA Blender can basically do everything! Juicing, soups, wet or dry chopping, smoothies, kneading, you name it the CIA does it. It is so great to have a blender that is strong enough to make everything I want. The 2+ Peak hp motor helps me make my favorite smoothies and soaps without chunks of ice or ingredients left behind. This model is also quieter than older models and I really like that I can blend something without making too much noise. I have the recipe book and user guide that came with this machine and have had explored some different recipes, all of which I enjoyed.