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Favorite YouTube recipe/cooking videos

Russel Shank Feb 28, 2010 06:20 AM

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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    Val Feb 28, 2010 08:50 AM

    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
      Russel Shank Feb 28, 2010 11:01 AM

      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
        LauraGrace Feb 28, 2010 02:32 PM

        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. Quine Feb 28, 2010 11:08 AM

      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. kleine mocha Mar 3, 2010 05:48 AM

        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
          SmartCookie Mar 3, 2010 06:28 AM

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


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            Russel Shank Mar 3, 2010 07:52 AM

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

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              Quine Mar 3, 2010 04:31 PM

              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.

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                Val Mar 3, 2010 05:01 PM

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

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                  kpaxonite Mar 4, 2010 12:33 PM

                  wow thanks for that one it looks great

              2. dave_c Mar 3, 2010 09:54 AM

                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.

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                  HillJ Mar 3, 2010 11:41 AM

                  Food Wishes didn't always offer video but now that it does, beginner cooks like my son gain so much from the visual.

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                    HillJ Mar 4, 2010 04:47 AM

                    If you are interested in video recipes beyond YouTube, this one is top notch as well.

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                      celfie Aug 27, 2010 06:29 PM

                      Ok don't laugh because this guy is charming in some pathetic way but "the drunk cook" is without question my favorite. He is from Ottawa, has a dubious past, and gets incredibly intoxicated on nothing but steam whistle. Even though a great many of his dishes are horrible and disgusting, he has undertaken a number of very ambitious ones - clearly he loves food!!! his personality is quirky and offensive - probably not for everyone but he does have over 150 video


                      Also the Voltaggio brothers have a youtube page and they're always up to interesting stuff

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