A Beautiful Mind

Anthony Bourdain, 1956 - 2018.

Over the last decade, the culinary arts have become something of a spectator sport. Cooking on television was once the province of daytime chat shows geared toward homemakers with a focus on simplicity, but the last ten years have seen a proliferation of programs dedicated to revealing the secrets of great chefs who cook in small kitchens for customers paying hundreds of dollars per table. Cooking on TV has become an escape; we watch people make wondrous creations that delight all the senses but that we, in all likelihood, will never experience ourselves. From Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” to Fox’s “Master Chef Junior,” consumers seek out radiant plating, molecular technique, and elevated fare.

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A Beautiful Mind

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Podcast: Google and Kavanaugh.

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Smeared for doing the job.

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