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What are your favorite food related Youtube channels?

Cooking is a hobby of mine, and as a result I really enjoy watching food related YouTube channels. Some of the ones I like are

  • Alex French Guy Cooking - A fun channel of a creative french amateur cook. I like this channel because I have similar taste in food to him (check out his instant ramen series!), but his solutions to problems in the kitchen are seriously creative. To give an example, he builds a dough sheeter in his croissant series in order to get the perfect thickness of dough, and he makes a makeshift dehydrator in the ramen series. Stuff I would never do in the kitchen, but it's fun to watch.

  • Bon Appetit - I totally did not expect Bon Appetit to have such a well put together web presence (for some reason I considered them an old fashioned publication). In any case, check out the "It's Alive with Brad" series. It starts out as a series about all things related to fermentation (beer, hot sauce, kombucha, sourdough, etc), but expands a bit in scope.

  • Binging with Babish - Perhaps the most well known of recent food related YouTubers, Babish recreates meals from movies and TV. He also has a nice series on cooking tutorials. I don't watch him as much as I used to, but he's still a lot of fun.

  • Townsends - A bit different than the rest, and not exlusively food related. Townsends is a historical enthusiast focusing on the colonial era, and he has a lot of videos recreating recipes and techniques from the time period.

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Forgot to include

  • Jun's Kitchen - Some seriously therapeutic cooking videos featuring sushi and cats.

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  1. [3]
    cfabbro
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    You and I have very, very similar taste in food related YouTube channels, it seems. Alex, BA, Babish and Townsends are all amongst the few channels I have "show all" notification set to. I do have...

    You and I have very, very similar taste in food related YouTube channels, it seems. Alex, BA, Babish and Townsends are all amongst the few channels I have "show all" notification set to. I do have a few others that you might enjoy too though:

    Strictly Dumpling (Mike Chen) - A food traveler that does all sorts of reviews on the local food in places he visits all across the world, from street food, upper-tier buffets, to even 7-elevens. The amount of food he eats each day is honestly insane.

    The Food Ranger (Trevor James) - Similar to Mike Chen is a food traveler, but he tends to focus almost exclusively on street food in China (where he currently lives) and SE/E Asia.

    emmymadeinjapan - American home cook and food reviewer. She does all sort of stuff, from reviewing old kitchen gadgets, to cooking depression era recipes, to reviewing snacks sent to her from all over the world.

    Steve1989MREInfo - This is a weird one, and probably not for everyone, but Steve is the king of Military and Civilian MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) reviews. He has eaten MREs from all around the world... and even from pretty much every decade. He regularly eats WW2 and Vietnam era rations, and has even eaten Civil War hard tack from 1863. How he has managed to avoid getting botulism after all these years is nothing short of a miracle IMO. Although the last few years he has definitely gotten a little less "adventurous" and willing to eat the really horrible looking/smelling expired stuff, so he has clearly become a bit more wary than in the early days.


    edit: Remembered a few more after checking my subs. Some of these I don't have "all notifications" on anymore (since I sub to way too many YouTube channels ;) but I still go back and revisit them occasionally when I get the urge.

    Crazy from Kong - Hong Kong based snack reviewers. They used to put out a ton of videos, and still very very occasionally release a video, so I have kept their notifications on for when they do. They seem like a fun group of people and their back catalogue is really good... so if you like foreign/weird snack reviews you should check out their older videos.

    Almazan Kitchen - Super clickbaity titles on all his videos, but they are still very very good regardless. Incredibly filmed cooking videos, shot in beautiful outdoor scenery, with a super minimalist approach (no words spoken, no music, etc.) He reminds me a lot of Primitive Technology, but for cooking instead of building.

    Cereal Time TV - This is actually a Tildes user, who I can't remember the username of, that mentioned their channel here a long time ago. But I have been watching his videos ever since. :)

    Digitalsoju TV - Amazing interviews done over dinner, with North Korean refugees now living in South Korea. They haven't released a new video in ages, but I am desperately hoping they do again. :(

    Glen & Friends Cooking - Just discovered this channel earlier today when looking for ginger beer recipe. I even submitted that video earlier today too. ;) Their back catalogue looks to have a lot of interesting stuff in it too.

    How To Drink - Really solid cocktail/mixed drink channel. I don't have the bell enabled for him anymore but I still go back and catch up on the videos occasionally.

    Weird Explorer - American contortionist who travels the world a lot with his performing troupe. He is obsessed with weird fruits so goes out of his way to acquire them wherever he travels, and he does a really good job reviewing them.

    ONLY in JAPAN - Not just about food, but has lots of food content. Does lot of street food reviews, as well as unique Japanese cultural things, like going to the Mango auctions.

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    1. [2]
      gpl
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      Some here that I haven't heard of that I definitely will check out. I've actually come across Steve before and while the MRE world is not one I'm super interested in, his enthusiasm is seriously...

      Some here that I haven't heard of that I definitely will check out.

      Steve1989MREInfo - This is a weird one, and probably not for everyone, but Steve is the king of Military and Civilian MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) reviews.

      I've actually come across Steve before and while the MRE world is not one I'm super interested in, his enthusiasm is seriously infectious. I love how he says 'Nice!' after tasting stuff in almost every video.

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      1. cfabbro
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        LOL, yeah I went through a phase where I was super obsessed with MRE reviews for some unknown reason, so I could list about 30 more MRE reviewers as well. But I know they are not for everyone and...

        LOL, yeah I went through a phase where I was super obsessed with MRE reviews for some unknown reason, so I could list about 30 more MRE reviewers as well. But I know they are not for everyone and Steve is definitely the best (and most popular) so I only listed him. :P And yeah, he has the best catch phrases: "Let's get this all out onto a tray. <cut to food on tray> Nice!", "I'll be coming back at you with something new... or old." <3 Steve.

        p.s. I added a bunch more channels after checking my YouTube sub list too, BTW.

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  2. CALICO
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    Excluding those already posted, I really enjoy Food Wishes and Maangchi. Chef John's Food Wishes features a wide variety of recipes mostly by viewer requests, Maangchi is the best channel for...

    Excluding those already posted, I really enjoy Food Wishes and Maangchi.

    Chef John's Food Wishes features a wide variety of recipes mostly by viewer requests, Maangchi is the best channel for authentic Korean cooking I've found so far.

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  3. synergy-unsterile
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    Liziqi Channel - It follows a Chinese lady as she gathers/grows most of the food and then prepares it rustically. Food videos seem to be every other video and it shows other activities like...

    Liziqi Channel - It follows a Chinese lady as she gathers/grows most of the food and then prepares it rustically. Food videos seem to be every other video and it shows other activities like gardening, foraging, preserving food, raising livestock/poultry, making clothes from scratch, chopping bamboo for furniture, etc...

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  4. PetitPrince
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    Chinese Cooking Demystified is concise yet detailed, with some nice sprinkle of food science. Also, we cannot get enough longyau for the stir-fried dishes.

    Chinese Cooking Demystified is concise yet detailed, with some nice sprinkle of food science. Also, we cannot get enough longyau for the stir-fried dishes.

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  5. Dovey
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    I have watched/subscribed to a bunch of the ones mentioned by others here, but right now I'm only watching Chef Buck because he's so darned amusing and pleasant, Babish, and a Japanese one called...

    I have watched/subscribed to a bunch of the ones mentioned by others here, but right now I'm only watching Chef Buck because he's so darned amusing and pleasant, Babish, and a Japanese one called nacomugi for the relaxing, atmospheric vibe. There are a lot of nice Japanese and Korean ones that are as much ASMR as cooking videos.

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    Nmg
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    Nutrition Facts taught me so much nutrition over the years, and I have made many healthier changes to my diet from what I learned on that channel.

    Nutrition Facts taught me so much nutrition over the years, and I have made many healthier changes to my diet from what I learned on that channel.

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      DrStone
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      I'm seeing some mixed views on Dr. Michael Greger. From what I'm reading, a strong bias towards veganism, with some exaggerated claims and cherry-picking data. Maybe I'm being a bit too skeptical,...

      I'm seeing some mixed views on Dr. Michael Greger. From what I'm reading, a strong bias towards veganism, with some exaggerated claims and cherry-picking data. Maybe I'm being a bit too skeptical, but nutrition on the internet as a whole is so full of untrustworthy info that it's hard for me not to be.

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      1. Nmg
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        Your skepticism is 100 percent valid, and nutrition is indeed a field that has much to be desired. I like Nutrition Facts because: A) He cites his sources and uses real scientific literature B) He...

        Your skepticism is 100 percent valid, and nutrition is indeed a field that has much to be desired.

        I like Nutrition Facts because:
        A) He cites his sources and uses real scientific literature
        B) He considers risk in all of his statements

        For example, there was a video where he found a study that eating dates many reduce the stress of giving birth. Now, this was a single study, small group, not many patients, came out of a date producing country. You would be right to be skeptical of this study.

        On the other hand, dates are not like the leading drugs from Big Pharma. They don't have deadly side effects...they're actually good for you! So even if they don't reduce birthing stress, why not give it a try?

        This is how Dr. Gregor approaches medicine. He isn't telling you that dates do this or turmeric does that. He says this is what I found in the medical literature, and this is how I would approach it. You're free to make up your own mind.

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  7. deciduous
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    My favorite is easily The Happy Pear. It's a great vegan cooking channel with a lot of recipes that are very cheap and easy. My only gripe is that they basically never write down the recipe...

    My favorite is easily The Happy Pear. It's a great vegan cooking channel with a lot of recipes that are very cheap and easy.

    My only gripe is that they basically never write down the recipe outside of their book, so you have to watch along and write it down as you go.

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  8. Don_Camillo
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    There is nothing like Walking with Giants. The muic, the rhytm, the humor. Just pure art!

    There is nothing like Walking with Giants. The muic, the rhytm, the humor. Just pure art!

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  9. alyaza
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    i'm pretty much a food review basic bitch, so the only food channel i really watch with any sort of regularity is the ever lovable TheReportOfTheWeek.

    i'm pretty much a food review basic bitch, so the only food channel i really watch with any sort of regularity is the ever lovable TheReportOfTheWeek.

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