Roxane Gay writes for The American Prospect about the insane market saturation of competitive cooking shows and why we are obsessed with them. Her last paragraph is a thing of beauty,
Beyond these shows, we are inundated by commercials for diet products and sensible snacks. We read about weight loss in glossy magazines. We fret over cellulite and count calories. Perhaps we watch these shows to attempt to satisfy a hunger that never will be satisfied. Perhaps we watch these shows to consume beautiful food without consequence for our delicately human bodies.