We’re not shy about our
effusive love of and YouTube cooking shows general contempt for televised ones. But apart from the Eric Riperts and the Tom Colicchios and the Eddie Huangs online, there are web-based cooks whose culinary celebrity is confined to the YouTube-verse. Lesser known to a commercial audience, they may be, but with fan bases every bit as dedicated. Here are the seven channels you need to subscribe to right now.
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Hannah Hart | My Drunk Kitchen
Julie & Julia, minus a legitimate attempt to glean cooking skills (unless you count "learning to burn yourself less" as a cooking skill), plus a metric fuckton (fuckliter?) of alcohol. Okay, fine, Julie & Julia probably had a lot of alcohol, too, but it wasn't so prominently advertised. follows the lovable My Drunk Kitchen Hannah Hart through her alcohol-fueled novice cooking adventures. It's the birthplace of Jargaritas (unconfirmed; we're not anthropologists)! There are multiple seasons. It makes us feel way better about screwing up recipes. What's not to love? Recommended first-timer's episode: Brunch.
Coolio | Cookin' With Coolio
that . That Coolio not only has a cookbook called Coolio Cookin' With Coolio, but also a webseries of the same name. It's part , part rap video (not that there's rapping, but there are scantily clad video girls), part totally legit cooking show. Seriously! He has good knife skills! Thug Kitchen
Mamrie Hart | You Deserve a Drink
Technically, Mamrie Hart is a YouTube mixologist, but we count those as people too. Mamrie specializes in making timely and topical cocktails (*hiccup*, copical tocktails?) on her show , themed around the buzziest news of the week, and peppered with some of the deftest punning we've ever seen. Bonus: each how-to comes with a built-in drinking game! After you make the cocktail along with Mamrie, go back to re-watch the episode, and take a sip every time she makes a pun! Guaranteed to get you twice as drunk as an episode of You Deserve a Drink Watch What Happens Live, and twice as fast.
Clara | Great Depression Era Cooking
This is 96-year-old
Clara. She's the star of , where she shows us how she and her family ate during The Great Depression. It's thrifty Great Depression Cooking and delicious all at once! Also, as the essential Marilyn Hagerty of the YouTube chef world, Clara practices such darling techniques as not rinsing her vegetables when she pours them out of a can, and perfectly chopping vegetables in the palm of her hand sans cutting board. Grannies are magic.
Epic Meal Time
What's wrong with you, hater? You've never heard of
? You've never observed the sweet stylin's of Epic Meal Time The Sauce Boss? the rugged individualism of Muscles Glasses? the overwhelming joy that is a pile of burgers topped with cheese in lasagna form, served in a Four Loko stew and smelling of man-magic? Man. Go QUACK yourself.
Regular, Ordinary Swedish Meal Time
Not to be confused with its previously mentioned American counterpart,
stars an aggressive Swede, who grunts in Swenglish and throws ingredients against a wall a lot to simulate the "combine ingredients" part of recipes. He sort of reminds us of the Swedish Jesse Pinkman. Cooks of a feather... Regular Ordinary Swedish Mealtime
Vegan Black Metal Chef
You might recognize
from an episode of Vegan Black Metal Chef No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. If you're deaf, Vegan Black Metal Chef is a great option to watch. He monotonously scream-growls the instructions to his dishes, for which he also provides helpful captions. He also stirs things with a scythe, and chops things with a scary sword, so, probably not the first cooking show to show your small, culinarily inclined children. The upside of VBMC? His Pad Thai technique seems sound.