Cover Photo: A screencap from Worst Cooks in America, in which a contestant is in an apron, holding a knife, trying desperately to scoop something out of a sliced red pepper.
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In Defense of the Worst Cooks in America

The soundstage’s kitchen didn’t have a dishwasher, so he was forced to make dishwasher salmon in the oven instead—like some kind of hack.

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

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Babe, what happened?

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I need to remember that I’m not improving so I can impress people who might otherwise laugh at me.

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Beat Bobby Flay

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).