Karen Davison's Guide to the Best Cooking Videos on YouTube

Online, a vast abundance of cooking videos awaits, offering step-by-step instructions, useful advice, and detailed recipes for anyone interested in the culinary arts, from the next sensational chef to the inexperienced individual tasked with preparing a family feast for the first time. 

How, then, does one separate the best from the rest, realizing what content is amateurish and where the genuine expertise can be observed? 

Karen Davison, a professional chef and culinary blogger in Plano, Texas, narrows down the search for a beginner chef, listing her top YouTube cooking videos. 

Binging with Babish

Andrew Rea is the host of Binging with Babish, a YouTube channel that seeks to create meals seen in television shows and movies, Karen Davison states. What makes the show distinctive is the actual cooking intelligence that Andrew bestows upon his audience, as evidenced from his episode that focuses on the spaghetti carbonara presented in Master of None. In it, he makes fresh pasta and highlights a variety of helpful techniques for the viewer. “Basics with Babish” is a feature in his channel that focuses on kitchen basics which every competent chef needs, such as knife skills, proper pantry stocking, and the knowledge to roast a chicken. Beginner chefs can gradually learn the fundamentals and, with confidence, get adventurous in attempting to re-make a meal that was consumed on the big screen through Andrew’s cooking videos. 

Bon Appétit

Founded more than 60 years ago, Bon Appétit has enjoyed remarkable longevity because its staff understand food and cover material in a manner that doesn’t overwhelm viewers, Karen Davison notes. As a beginner chef, you certainly will want to find cooking videos that simplify the process rather than implementing complex language and instructions. Bon Appétit accomplishes this seamlessly, providing information in a welcoming, smart fashion, similar to what its magazine publication has achieved for decades. Their cooking videos have garnered millions of hits on YouTube, which demonstrates how reputable, valued and trustworthy they are around the kitchen. 

How to Cook That

Having begun her channel to share simple recipe videos, Anna Reardon’s following burgeoned and eventually grabbed the attention of the BBC, according to Karen Davison. Asked to make a cake for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, she graciously accepted and reached superstardom status on the YouTube platform. She now concentrates on exposing false myths found in viral cooking videos, one of them being that you cannot spin hot caramel on an egg beater with it coming away unburned. Although many of her current projects are of the unfathomable, nearly impossible variety — you’ve come to the right channel if you always fantasized about baking a Nerf Gun Cake or a dessert that is a digestible replica of the Barbie Car — the channel is full of beneficial tips and easier tutorials for a beginner chef to peruse. 

Everyday Food

An extension of Martha Stewart’s company, Everyday Food promises an experience in its cooking videos that greatly measures up to what her magazine is famous for. Whether it is healthy meals, baking, or a segment entitled “Kitchen Conundrums” that aims to solve customary cooking problems, the videos give beginner chefs a cornucopia of information on recipes, techniques, and other relevant solutions. Browse their selection of YouTube videos and you will quickly see a number of intriguing recipes, including apple-pecan rolls, mung bean pancakes, peace-apricot cobblers, pistachio cannoli cake, chocolate peanut butter tarts, homemade bagels, mushroom bolognese, soft pretzels and cherry cheese strudel pie. Also, being a part of the Martha Stewart brand, the production value of these videos is exquisite, unquestionably adding gloss to the overall appeal.