submitted 9 months ago by croobat to c/[email protected]

So I moved out recently and discovered I pretty much only know how to prepare scrambled eggs and smoothies.

I've been trying to find cool cooking resources online, but most feel like are just either clickbait or advertising me a lot of garbage (that vibe reminds me of toxic fitness channels).

Any good resources you guys may know? It doesn't necessarily have to be YouTube channels, extra points if it has beginner level recipes, easily findable ingredients or it's funny to follow. Thanks! :)

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[-] [email protected] 30 points 9 months ago

Kenji Lopez-Alt


The GoPro format is great, you can see what he does with his hands and you see all of the cooking, with practically zero cuts in the video. All the while he explains why he's doing the things you see.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 months ago

Kenji is just on another level, can't recommend him enough. His books are great as well.

I like his science-sy, no bullshit approach to cooking and find it very refreshing. He explains almost everything he's doing as well as how and why he's doing something in a particular way and has fantastic recipes and techniques.

[-] RisingSwell 20 points 9 months ago

You Suck At Cooking has a lot of meals in a fun format, Adam Ragusea? I think that's how you spell it, is pretty good too, longer videos and less on the meals themselves and more learning about food in general.

[-] [email protected] 20 points 9 months ago

Foodwishes is the OG YouTube cooking show: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/ has over a decade of content. Recipes vary in complexity but always does a good job of breaking down the steps & explaining the what and why.

America's Test Kitchen and Bon Appetit both have channels with a lot of content, but are geared towards getting you to subscribe to their paid content.

There's also a ton of old TV content available. E.g. Good Eats has a number of episodes posted (or maybe just parts of episodes, but enough to learn).

Kenji Lopez Alt is also a major content creator. He has several first person view videos with commentary while he cooks. This is a good format to see the cooking skills in action and help learn / improve techniques.

Beyond these big ones, there are many good channels with focus on specific culinary styles.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 9 months ago

You Suck at Cooking It's surrealist storylines with cooking!

[-] [email protected] 5 points 9 months ago

Came here to say this. His cook book is great fun as well.

His ten ingredient chili is really easy and delicious plus it's perfect base to start with if you want to play around with your own recipe.

I can't add pepper to a dish without repeating it three times. Pepper pepper pepper.

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[-] ArtooDeetwo 14 points 9 months ago

I found myself the same many years ago and need something entertaining but look delicious. Some can be intimidating but i e replicated several of my four regular channels around this subject.

Binging with Babish https://youtube.com/@babishculinaryuniverse

Matty Matheson https://youtube.com/@mattymatheson

Brian Lagerstrom https://youtube.com/@BrianLagerstrom

Ethan Chlbowski https://youtube.com/@EthanChlebowski

Honorable mention if you want to try your hand at any desserts/sweets for Claire Saffitz https://youtube.com/@CSaffitz

[-] Nioxic 6 points 9 months ago

Omg claire got her own channel!! Thanks for the link

[-] [email protected] 14 points 9 months ago

Alex does mostly simple recipes, but he's interesting because he doesn't just try once but keeps remaking the recipe until he gets it perfect and explains the whole process and all the details.

ANTI-CHEF does very fancy recipes from a beginner's perspective. He shows off a lot of techniques that a more professional chef might gloss over as obvious.

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 months ago

Will Alex ever find the perfect ramen?

[-] [email protected] 14 points 9 months ago

I think the channel "You Suck at Cooking" is a great channel. It's funny, has a nice wide variety, and he usually tries to keep the recipies practical enough that people can do them at home.

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[-] residentmarchant 13 points 9 months ago

I'm a huge fan of Adam Ragusea. He takes a science, history, and home-cook approach to everything which makes uniquely tasty yet simple recipes. He optimizes for the fewest dishes and simpler techniques that aren't impossible for a home cook to do.

[-] AtHeartEngineer 4 points 9 months ago

Definitely my favorite cooking YouTuber. His pizza videos are great!

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[-] [email protected] 13 points 9 months ago

Speaking as someone that started with little experience, I love Adam Ragusea and Pro Home Cooks. Both explain things you never thought to ask about cooking and concepts that you can apply across lots of different dishes. I've learned things that I still continue to think about long after watching whenever I'm making up some food :)

[-] zakobjoa 12 points 9 months ago

Can't believe noone said Binging with Babish yet. Has a great series called Basics with Babish which is exactly what it sounds like.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 9 months ago

J. Kenji López-Alt is fantastic. Professional chef who shows a lot of the how and why in his videos. How to do something in the recipe, and why it's done. Professional chef with a bunch of other paid resources if you end up liking his style

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[-] [email protected] 11 points 9 months ago

Here are a few great channels from my Youtube subscriptions!

Tasting History with Max Miller hits a perfect cross-section of my interest in cooking and my interest in history. Max goes through a historical recipe each episode and pauses part of the way through to explain the history of the dish.

Minute Food has lots of short (sometimes under a minute!) videos about the science behind cooking.

Chinese Cooking Demystified is a husband-and-wife duo living in China that goes over traditional Chinese recipes, I especially like how in the voice-over they frequently list substitutions for ingredients that may be difficult to find outside of China.

Atomic Shrimp does far more than just cooking, but the cooking videos on his channel always give a neat insight into the everyday meals an older British IT Specialist makes.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 9 months ago

Internet Shaquille is something that hasn't been mentioned yet that I think really resonates with what you're looking for. All of his videos are short, focused, and aimed at helping regular people in the kitchen (with the exception of his April Fools videos, which satirize clickbait videos). There is some humor, but the information density of his videos reflects his ethos of not wanting to waste your time. To this end, sponsor reads appear at the end of the video (if they're sponsored at all), so you can completely skip them.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 9 months ago

Hell yeah I like internet Shaquille

[-] [email protected] 5 points 9 months ago

I like that he has such a unique perspective. He's also great at making content and genuinely funny.

[-] yenahmik 9 points 9 months ago

I'm a bit obsessed with watching cooking shows on YouTube. Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order.

  • Anti-chef: Guy is on a journey to learn how to cook. Blew up when he started working through Julia Child's cookbooks. He also has a series where he is trying to make something from every country in the world.

  • Barry Lewis - British guy who tries a lot of Tiktok foods, hacks, and has compares ingredients based on price

  • Beryl Shereshewsky - cooks foods from around the world based on a shared theme/ingredient

  • Pasta Grammer - Italian woman teaches her American husband about traditional Italian foods

  • Claire Saffitz - incredible baker

  • Chef John - he's an excellent teacher

  • Sorted food - their older videos had a lot of battles and educational content. My favorite series they do is recipe relays.

  • J Kenji Lopez alt - I actually can't watch his channel because the POV makes me motion sick. However, he's a fantastic chef and you should watch him if the camera angle doesn't bother you.

  • Glen and friends cooking - he tries a lot of recipes from old community cookbooks

  • Tasting History with Max Miller - tries ancient recipes and teaches you the history of that food

  • Pro home cooks - I don't watch this channel as much anymore, but it used to be 2 brothers who taught viewers basic cooking techniques to throw together basic meals. Now it's run by just one of the brothers and he sometimes makes more complicated items, but still has a lot of simple recipes.

  • NYT Cooking - specifically the Mystery Menu series with Sohla and Ham. Won't necessarily teach you to cook but is fun to watch them come up with ridiculous seeming menus.

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 9 months ago

Brian Langerstrom has a wide variety of recipes and I feel like he tests them enough only to put out the best:


Also love Smoking and Grilling with AB. He says himself he's trying to "demystify" cooking. Delicious recipes that build on flavors, I've made a few and they come just as he tells you:


Lastly, but not my least favorite, Ethan Chlebowski. When he gets real technical about the best ingredients it's very informative:


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[-] [email protected] 8 points 9 months ago

Nat’s What I Reckon if you want a sweary Australian delivering recipes with a good amount of comedy!

[-] asteriskeverything 5 points 9 months ago

I came here to suggest this! He certainly made me feel like cooking isn't as complicated as I imagine. His early videos are short and entertaining I suggest checking it out regardless carbonara sauce

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[-] Smokeydope 8 points 9 months ago

You suck at cooking is a great option, he also has a recipe book. Binging with banish is another good one. For entertainment purposes Epic Meal Time is an oldie but goodie not sure how their new stuff is but years ago they were the shit!

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[-] [email protected] 8 points 9 months ago

Food wishes for pure recipes and puns, sorted food for some fun and to further learning

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[-] Si1versmith 8 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

I want to promote Ann Reardon from her How to Cook That channel.

She doesn't typically do recipes, but goes into things like the chemistry and about what's happening when you deal with certain recipe combinations. She also debunks cooking videos and "hacks" regularly, while also educating on potential safety issues. Example was the flash boiling liquids you can do in a microwave and wood burning risks (although that was not necessarily cooking related).


[-] [email protected] 7 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

I just so happen to have a good friend that has been working on his own cooking show for years. It’s definitely a passion project of his and I’d love it for him to get more exposure. Caveman Cooking is the name and it’s definitely worth checking out!


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[-] [email protected] 7 points 9 months ago

Binging with Babish is very cool. He makes food fro TV shows and movies. And he has really sexy arms.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 9 months ago

Glen and Friends https://youtube.com/@GlenAndFriendsCooking

It's not nearly as popular as many of the others mentioned. He's been doing this for a long time, and his recipes are all over the place. He has a couple different series of videos. For instance one is about making cocktails, and my favorite is the old cookbook show.

Glen has an insane collection of old cookbooks and is really knowledgeable about the history of cooking. He offers information you can't find anywhere else.

He also often does "method" recipes. He likes to say this a ton, "it's not a recipe, it's a method." What he means is that while you can follow his recipe directly, you can use different ingredients as long as you follow the method. He does a lot of "pantry cleaning recipes" like this and it's all about just using what you have to make something which is an incredibly useful skill to learn and practice.

[-] shanjezi 6 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

A lot of great recommendations in here. One I haven't seen mentioned yet is Molly Baz

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[-] [email protected] 5 points 9 months ago

Definitely Babish Culinary Universe.

[-] zipzoopaboop 5 points 9 months ago

Cooking with a dog, Nats what I reckon are both fun to watch and easy to follow

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[-] [email protected] 5 points 9 months ago

This vegan sour cream is really nice, super easy also: https://youtu.be/8ILzKYAZWGY?list=PLxWGB-fhb7NXHzQPI5dn6kM_8cGxarJKl

Same channel, lasagna with no tomato, for those that can't eat nightshades. https://youtu.be/WES5UFjgvQk?list=PLxWGB-fhb7NXHzQPI5dn6kM_8cGxarJKl

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 months ago

I recommend Pick Up Limes. Great (vegan) recipes and tips along the way.

I don’t care much for her mindfulness and lifestyle videos but those are easily skippable. And she did unfortunately release an app recently, so of course she will try to get you to download that.

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 months ago

If you want to get into baking John Kirkwood videos are really good. https://www.youtube.com/@JohnKirkwoodProFoodHomemade

His Sandwich bread made easy at home is one of my favorits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWpSbYV96_c

I have also followed a few videos from Natashas Kitchen that have turned out well. https://www.youtube.com/@Natashaskitchen/videos

And on a more funny note multi-millionare twitch streamer Asmongold demonstrates how to cook a $2 stake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hETgbsF5yY8

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[-] Agent641 4 points 9 months ago

Came here to post chef jean pierrre. He's like a friendly wizard in the kitchen.

[-] Nisciunu 4 points 9 months ago

This is my go to site and YouTube channel: https://mealprepmanual.com/


You can meal prep for the week and if you count calories and the macros, you find that too.

[-] ProfessorScience 4 points 9 months ago

I really like Adam Ragusea's experimental, "eyeball it" approach to cooking.

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