Youtube is the ideal platform for much of food media. So much of it is a visual exercise and perhaps that’s why so many variations thrive here. I’ll walk you through a few of my favorites, mostly recipe channels, for your consideration. These can be more engaging and shorter than content I’ve found through podcasts, quick to digest and easy to work off of if you want to find a new recipe.
Some years ago, a group of younger British boys made an appearance on Jamie Oliver’s ‘Foodtube’ channel. Barry, Ben, Jamie (other Jaime), and Mike. I liked them instantly. They had an infectious sense of humor. I made the choice to subscribe after this guest appearance, and I have been a regular viewer ever since.
They run a channel with two chefs and a group of ‘normals, all old friends. Ben is their primary chef, usually the one doing the recipe demos for the channel. He gets a lot of teasing for being a bit of a nerdy chef, but I’m into it.
They run a number of regular segments such as food battles where they each make a recipe based around a single theme, and one is crowned a winner. These are my favorites, but they do so much more. They explore the food scene of London, release their own cookbooks, and review kitchen gadgets.
Binging with Babish
Babish is one of the more popular food channels on youtube, best known for recreating recipes for foods from movies and TV shows. He also has a ‘basics’ series to help viewers develop their skills in the kitchen.
He employs voice over which I think is fine for his style, but it took me awhile to get used to. Most food channels film like they’re a cooking show, but he films from the neck down, removing the ‘personable’ element to focus on the food. His format is original and interesting.
If you want to learn how to make cannolis, he just made them as a tribute to the Godfather.
First We Feast
Another one I frequently watch, First We Feast is hosted by Sean Evans. This is home of the famous ‘Hot Ones’ show, an interview series done over progressively hotter wings. They do a lot more than eat wings and interview celebrities. Sean Evans often goes on explorations of food in New York with a whole slew of guests.
It is the delicious, dirty junk food of food media, and I love it.
I know what you’re thinking. Podcasts? About food? Yes, they exist, and yes, they are good and useful. The benefit of this platform in food media is that it’s a good way to discuss the frills. The scientific bits of food no one wants to talk about in a recipe. The social issues surrounding sustainability of seafood. Interviews with juggernaut food personalities and other professionals in the job.
They’re a good time waster if you’re looking to absorb more information about the whole ‘food scene’. There are few that I listen to that focus on only one part of this big world. I tend to turn them on when I’m cooking dinner.
Here are two I can recommend to you so far.
Bon Appetit Foodcast
This has quickly become a staple among my podcast subscriptions. It comes from the magazine juggernaut of the same name, and I will say this for them: they are doing a great job embracing nontraditional media. They update every Wednesday, and I listen on spotify. You can find them on a variety of podcast platforms. Expect varied content. Recipe discussions, interviews, all kinds of things.
The foodcast is hosted by their Editor-In-Cheif Adam Rapoport. He’s a fantastic personality with a penchant for hosting a variety of guests. He clearly researches the topics they discuss in order to ask the good questions.
On their June 6th edition, they were discussion our cookbook of the month, Six Seasons. What a coincidence! It appears to be well received in the community, so I’m glad I picked it up. This episode, of course, was focusing on vegetables.
Sporkful recently won the James Beard Award for Best Food Podcast, and after binge listening through a few episodes, I can tell you it was well deserved. Dan Pashman is a wonderful host, and he gets guests such as Nigella Lawson. This show updates on Monday, and the topics are great fun. Their last episode I listened to had a segment about supermarket etiquette. I had a good laugh.
They keep things both informative and entertaining. This can sometimes be a challenge for podcasts, but not for Dan Pashman. I listen to them on spotify as well. It’s my preferred platform for all podcasts.
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