What do you put in your chili?

Chili is not about subtlety or purity of flavors. Successful chilis are described with words like “rich,” “complex,” or “bold”—adjectives on the heavy end of the culinary spectrum—while their specific components can number as few as three or somewhere in the dozens. It’s not so much a dish as it is a genre, with…

What’s the one cookbook you’d save from a burning kitchen?

Yesterday, we presented a list of cookbooks we consider to be the finest tomes published so far in our young century. Today, we open it up to The A.V. Club staffers and contributors, and rephrased it as a question: If you could save one cookbook from your burning kitchen, which book would you save? (Let’s assume…

From fried green tomato to crispy taco, we tried Lay’s new chip flavors

In Fran And Cameron Eat On The Company Dime, A.V. Club staffers Fran Hoepfner and Cameron Scheetz eat on the company dime. This week, our resident and compulsive snacker critics got their hands on the three finalists from Lay’s 2017 “Do Us A Flavor” contest. This year’s flavors are everything bagel with cream cheese,

The A.V. Club show answers a most pressing question: Who is Fargo’s MVP this season?

One of our guests on tonight’s show, comedian and all-around genius Jo Firestone, describes FX’s Fargo, a show she has never seen, in the words of her friend as “very funny and very well-cast.” While I might see the former as more complicated than that, there’s no doubt that the latter is one of the reasons Fargo has…

Raging bitch Dear Coquette is so much more than her anonymous Tumblr advice column

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If the phrase “anonymous Tumblr advice column” feels like a particularly 2009 statement, that’s because it very much is. Anonymity may be a scarcity in today’s internet landscape, and yet Coquette—formerly known as “Coketalk” in her Tumblr heyday—has maintained her private, fully anonymous, advice-giving persona for…

Can Hollywood move past body-shaming?

It’s no joke that body perceptions in this country are skewed beyond measure, with devastating consequences. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Anorexia nervosa has a higher mortality rate than any other cause of death for females between the ages of 15 and 24. A lot of what…

Kitchen Confidential is a recipe for ensemble casting at its finest

Let’s talk about Bradley Cooper. The past few years have been good to him. He’s a versatile comedic actor, one who spent the first half of this decade splitting his time between The Hangover franchise and more prestigious projects like Silver Linings Playbook and The Place Beyond The Pines. In 2014, he delighted…