Cover Photo: Bobby Flay, chef and TV-show host, standing behind a makeshift cooking station on a stage, presenting something to the audience with energy.
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Cooking, For Men: How Bobby Flay and Competitive Cooking Reinforce Hypermasculinity

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This isStore-Bought Is Fine, a monthly column by Rax King on TV chefs, food media, and the class barriers of cuisine.

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Rax King is a James Beard Award-nominated bitch. Her work can also be found in Glamour, MEL Magazine, Catapult, and elsewhere. Look out for her monthly column Store-Bought Is Fine for hot takes about the Food Network, and her essay collection Tacky (Vintage 2021).