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(article, Culinate staff)
Culinate columnist Matthew Amster-Burton frequently writes for the Seattle Times. In a recent article for the newspaper, he tried to figure out what cooking from scratch really means. Sure, he notes, you can whip up a batch of brownies "from scratch" in under an hour, but you probably didn't grow, harvest, and process all the ingredients involved, did you? So how can you say you're cooking "from scratch"? And does cooking from scratch make you more virtuous? Of course not: "It won't save the world, but it's a great hobby."