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

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?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

Kitchen Confidential is a recipe for ensemble casting at its finest

Some TV shows never even make it past the first season. Maybe a series lacked the ratings to match its artistic accomplishments, or maybe it floundered its way into the network crosshairs, but it’s time to look at one-season series outside the immediate context of ratings and renewals. One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And