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Feb 28, 2010 06:20 AM

Favorite YouTube recipe/cooking videos

From Grandmas in their kitchens in Indian and South East Asia to celebrity chefs/cooking show hosts, 'YouTube Culinary Academy' has placed a pretty strong library of lessons at our fingertips. You have to sift through some junk to the diamonds though.

If you've found a video that revolutionized your cooking, taught you a trick you'll you can't live without, or gave you a recipe that blew you away... please share it here.

here's a couple I re-watched/use/share:

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Breakfast (Gordon Ramsay)

Ricotta pancakes with strawberries - Ainsley Gourmet Express - BBC

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

How to Make Pad Thai (not the best recipe or instructional video, but shot at Amphawan Floating Market

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  1. russel, I also really love the floating market Pad Thai video. I just tried this one yesterday from Maangchi, for a Korean dish called Sundubu jigae (soft tofu stew)...very delicious I just need to tweak my ingredients a bit:

    I also like and have used this Thai laab video:
    Sometimes, I read or hear about certain cooking methods or even ingredients that I just cannot wrap my head around and I need to SEE it being done in order to understand the process. That's usually when I seek out the videos.
    I am also partial to some of Manjula's videos.

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    1. re: Val

      Yeah, Manjula is actually exactly who I was talking about. I learned how to cook stuff from YouTube. Its so much easier to watch four or five videos, see the different ingredients or prep/cooking methods, then just wing it, than to look at written recipes. Since most web content is in English also, you never know if you're looking at recycled Americanized/Westernized recipes. If some old lady is cooking it in her kitchen, you know she's probbaly cooking authentic, and depending how she looks doing it, you can tell if she's a worthy teacher.

      ThaiFoodTonight was one of the first videos I watched to learn :)

      1. re: Russel Shank

        I was going to say Manjula too! I also really enjoy Show Me The Curry, but Manjula's technique is just so... homey and comforting. She doesn't hurry, doesn't try to make stuff flashy or showy. Love her.

    2. I love watching the various cooking shows, the old Iron Chefs, Cooking with Dog, The austrailan food Safari, the old Bourdains, yesterday I watched season 3 of Hell's kitchen!

      1. I have read many times about how to butterfly a chicken but found the whole process too intimidating. There are several videos out there, but this is a good example:


        Now I feel confident I can do it.

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        1. re: kleine mocha

          For Japanese cooking, you have to check out "Cooking with Dog" (a dog is the show's host.)


          1. re: SmartCookie

            Yep, Cooking w/ Dog is good. Their tempura lesson was really helpful

            1. re: SmartCookie

              I really like "Cooking with Dog" The show is an excellent cooking lesson! But I think ah hem some audienced might be really turned off by the dog being so close.

              I do not say this because I think that. I say this to warn folks who love this show as I do...to expect "comments". It's all good.

              1. re: SmartCookie

                ha!!! great video...loved it...the dog AND the yakisoba!!! will have to try that recipe...colors are so beautiful, too! Thanks!!!

                1. re: SmartCookie

                  wow thanks for that one it looks great

              2. I went through a Macaron making phase and enjoyed this video.

                It's in French, but has English subtitles. Also, it's pretty obvious what's being done.

                1. http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/
                  Food Wishes didn't always offer video but now that it does, beginner cooks like my son gain so much from the visual.