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Never Cook at Home

I am a home cook in New York City. I have shared more than 1,400 recipes on my website, Smitten Kitchen, and I’ve written two cookbooks. I am the kind of insufferable person who squeals when the first tomatoes of the season show up at the farmers’ market and I post about them on Instagram with abandon.

But there are many good reasons to never cook at home. I know because I bail regularly.

First of all, those tomatoes are often staggeringly expensive, as they should be. Farming is brutally hard work. And the results are highly unpredictable, I’ve

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