Small Cool Kitchens contest will tell you that). But, ironically, we as a country as spending more money than ever upgrading our kitchens (one estimate says an upscale kitchen remodel can average $111,000!), but less time actually cooking in them! So why do people feel the need to upgrade? One argument is that a fancy kitchen, like most trends, is less about you and more about other people. As The Salt notes, "getting a trendy new kitchen is like getting in shape before a high school reunion; sure it's great for you, but it's even better if someone else sees it." The other side of the argument says that, hey, for avid cooks a detailed, custom kitchen makes the whole process easier and more enjoyable. Amanda Hesser, founder of Food52, cooked for years in a tiny utilitarian apartment kitchen when she was a food writer for The New York Times. But now she has a new remodeled kitchen, and it's worth every penny. As she notes, "A nice kitchen has come to represent some sense of accomplishment, and there's nothing bad about that... But how it gets expressed has maybe gotten a little carried away." What do you think about this? If you're buying a house, is a fancy kitchen a huge selling point? Do you think it's a justified expense, or has it gotten out of hand? What kind of kitchen do you cook in now, and how close is it to your dream kitchen?
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