Dawn Perry is the food director at Real Simple. Before returning to Time Inc.,  she was the culinary content editor at meal kit delivery startup Marley Spoon. She has worked as a food editor in the kitchens of  Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and at Bon Appétit as their digital food editor. Her work is also featured in Country Living, Delish, Tasting Table, and Extra Crispy. Dawn teaches public classes at the Natural Gourmet institute and recipe writing and development at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York City. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter

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