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Haterade is funded by George Soros and written by Liz Cook, an award-losing writer based in Kansas City, Missouri. When she isn’t making garlic bread chapstick or discussing the merits of the appletini, Liz writes restaurant reviews and features for The Pitch. She also contributes to several other outlets as a freelance writer and is a frequent guest on KCUR, KC’s NPR affiliate.

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Liz Cook

A writer who eats several meals a week.