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It may not seem even a little preposterous today, but when Food Network launched 20 years ago America was sitting at a very different dinner table. After all, this was before we’d learned to fetishize cupcakes, before Instagram made our every mouthful a shared experience, before vegetables had cult followings. And yet this backwater network launched, plunking cameras in front of chefs and hoping for the best. The gamble paid off. Two decades on, the Food Network has morphed beyond a television station that teaches us how to cook. It has become a lifestyle, a marketing behemoth turning chefs — and home cooks — into household names.