What Recipe Books? Just Watch Youtube.

Hey there foodies! In this day of age, it looks like printed media may be soon a thing of the past. Seeing that books and documents now come in PDF files, news can be read online and Hey! even Ignite that you’re reading right now is online. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of a fresh new book, well I also love the smell of old books too but the cost of buying books today would surely put a strain on my, modest student budget (thanks mom and dad). I fondly remember my preteen days as a budding foodie, going up to my mom’s shelf in the living room, picking out a random cook book,  browsing through the different sections and picking out the random recipe to make. I was fortunate enough to have a mom that would allow me to destroy her kitchen every now and then. I for one haven’t used a cook book in ages instead I watch a lot of cooking videos on Youtube. In my opinion, learning to cook from Youtube is by far one of the easiest ways. Why? 1. You get to see the ingredients. 2. You get to see what the dish should look like at every stage. 3. The Youtube chef pretty much explains everything in detail. Its easy to follow and the result is easy to eat. Its a win-win situation, I tell you! Over the last few years, I’ve been able to gather a list of my favourite Youtube chefs each with different specialities and styles. Down below are some of my favourites.

1. Food Wishes

Chef John was the very first Youtube chef that I subscribed to. His recipes are easy to follow and are totally replicable. Some Chef John vocabulary that you will soon come to be familiar with if you follow him are “the old tappa tappa” and “the freakishly small wooden spoon”. Here’s the link to the Food Wishes blog. For starters, I would recommend you guys to try making Chef John’s Spaghetti Aglio Olio Recipe. Want to amp up the dish? Grill some chicken and plop it on top or cook some shrimps in the sauce while you’re at it. Its classic, its easy, its cheap, its delicious. You really can’t go wrong.

2. Laura in the Kitchen

My second favourite Youtube chef has to be Laura Vitale. She is absolutely such a doll. Coming from an Italian background, Laura specialises mostly in Italian dishes but she also does everything from breakfast food to desserts. The recipe I remember the most has to be her Pasta with Creamy Spinach Sauce. I made it for my family one day, lets just say, their plates were so clean that I could have pass them off as washed dishes. 😉

3. SORTED Food

SORTED Food is a youtube channel with videos made by Ben, Jamie, Barry, and Mike. These 4 funny English chaps from London will surely win your hearts with their food. Their channel has recipes from all around the world as well as interesting ones like the “Ramen Burger” as well as the “Chocolate Salami” and they sometimes feature popular Youtubers. The first ever recipe I ever tried to replicate from their channel is everybody’s favourite “Pasta Carbonara”. I am aware that they are using bacon, but an Halal alternative would be chicken sausages or even minced beef. You are the mas-tah of pas-tah, go crazy! 😀 SORTED Food website.

4. Cooking with Dog

Cooking with Dog is a fun channel hosted by a little poodle named Frances. You foodies that love Japanese food, you should definitely look for Frances. The ingredients for some of the dishes are a little difficult to find but I’m sure you could find some alternatives. My personal favourite recipe on the channel is “Katsudon”. Regulars at Japanese restaurants would know this dish of fried chicken and egg on rice. On Cooking with Dog, they use Pork but I prefer to use chicken. You guys should definitely give it a go!

5. Byron Talbott

My last favourite Youtube chef is Byron Talbott. This one is for you girls out there, like me, that like their men the way they like their food, hot and delicious. Good looking man + good food. Need I say more? 😉

Till next time foodies, enjoy!

Adelynn Zon


"I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food." - Emma Bombeck

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