While working from home is one thing, staying at home is another. And as we all do our part by staying inside, many of us have found an interest (or need) to develop new hobbies.
We recently discussed the different hobbies you can try, especially over the upcoming Easter long weekend, one of which included cooking. What better way is there to expand on that than by recommending some of the best YouTube food and cooking channels to check out and watch now?
Bon Appétit is a highly opinionated food brand and magazine that has embraced video and YouTube to an extent that now, they are hugely popular with over five million subscribers. They strongly believe in two things; only use the best seasonal produce and properly salt your pasta water. Two things we should all live by. Better yet, the Bon Appétit team develop and share sensational recipes that anyone can make at home to inspire their watchers’ love for cooking.
Andrew Rea – Babish – created his much-loved channel to reconstruct dishes featured in television shows and movies. He is a self-taught chef who eventually quit his full-time job to produce more cooking videos for Babish. Some of his most inventive dishes include the Imaginary Pie from Captain Hook, a Harry Potter special and the Banoffee Pie from Love Actually. Andrew has also created ‘Basics with Babish‘, a site which provides back-to-basics cooking lessons and how-tos.
One of the sweetest things about the New York Times Cooking YouTube channel is that, unlike its print and online counterpart, it is not behind a paywall. An official New York Times production, the channel covers everything from cookies to dinners and an array of different cuisines. The videos offer step-by-step instructions and provide alternatives if you don’t have the ingredients in your pantry.
Fancy an old fashioned cooking challenge? The Victorian Way creatively produces cooking videos, hosted on a themed set, showcasing dishes and cooking methods from the Victorian era. From the costumes, language, recipes and equipment, these videos are authentic, educational and theatrically produced. It’s like stepping into the kitchen of Downton Abbey.
ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) and cooking? It may sound a little strange, but the aesthetic of these videos, along with the recipes, make for an amazing watch and some truly inspiring Japanese dishes. There are countless sweet dishes (which we are not complaining about) which each have English and Japanese descriptions. Peaceful Cuisine’s videos truly make you sit back and relax while mentally adding these creations to your ‘must cook’ list.
J. Kenji López-Alt takes a scientific approach to cooking in his YouTube videos. As a renowned chef, the production value of the videos may not be the highest quality, but they provide an in-depth behind-the-scenes experience at what he’s cooking late at night in his German biergarten restaurant. It’s not often you get to see such an intimate view of a commercial kitchen and this certainly delivers.
If you’re looking for a little bit of a laugh, as well as some amazing Japanese recipes, Cooking with Dog is the place to go. Canine co-host Francis and a mysterious Japanese chef (whose real name is not disclosed) are the onscreen stars, and not only do they cook up a storm, but they are just as entertaining to watch. While the chef cooks a variety of popular Japanese dishes, Francis calmly sits next to her and narrates the recipes step-by-step in English.
Mike Greenfield’s instructional videos are perfect for all our extra time spent at home. From using air fryers to making ‘bread porn,’ his videos are varied and interesting, and cover many different cuisines and recipes. With Pro Home Cooks, subscribers can watch Mike go as far as watching him make his own cheese and fermenting his own kombucha – there is truly something for everyone on his channel.
You Suck at Cooking mixes deadpan humour and simple-but-necessary recipes to make one easy-to-follow and entertaining YouTube channel. With more than two million subscribers and over 100 videos to choose from including the loaded baked potato to guacamole, the You Suck at Cooking channel has you covered.
Tasty, BuzzFeed’s food segment, has anything and everything when it comes to cooking. From three-ingredient meals to ‘how it’s made’ and ‘make it fancy’ they have multiple series that are entertaining, educational and easy to follow. They specialise in recipes, world-class talent, and top-of-the-line cookware to help connect food lovers in every way that they interact with food.
Needing some more inspiration in the kitchen? There’s an app for that! Check out the 10 Best Cooking At Home Apps to Download to help you get started!