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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Top 5 YouTube Cooking Shows

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ig news in the food world: Food Network exec Bruce Seidel is jumping ship for YouTube's new food channel. Considering that the internet seems like it might be here to stay, it's probably not a terrible idea. While Bruce is most likely pondering YouTube's food channel future, we'd like to humbly (?) suggest a few YouTube stars to take with him to the big time. Bruce, call us -- we'll do lunch on you.

5. Nicko's Kitchen
Nicko is a lovely large-and-in-charge Aussie and he's teaching us how to create food, down under-style. He's basically a male version of Guy Fieri -- lots of fast, loud talking and catchy theme songs. He's easy to follow, has adorable kids, and that accent. We like! We're telling you, Bruce, this guy could take off.

4. Depression Era Cooking
The original slow cook, 96 year old Clara, tells tales of surviving the great depression on nothing but a tomato plant and a can of beans. She's adorable, sassy, and LIVED THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION. Have some respect! Clara's show is part History Channel, part Food Network, and 100-percent awesome. She even talks about how, during the depression, bootleggers came door to door to convince people to store whiskey in their backyard. Screw Boardwalk Empire, we've got Clara.

3. Everyday Dish
Julie Hasson creates delicious, hearty plant-based meals, and proves that healthy can also be damn tasty. For the amount of people, corporations, and governmental agencies telling Americans to eat more fruits and veg, there's a serious lack of follow through. You know what would help? A vegetarian cooking show! We can't believe that with all the outstanding programming on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel, not one show is vegetarian? Julie Hasson would be the perfect host -- she's fun, accessible, and creates amazing looking chow. Come on, America! Put your money where your mouth is and let's get this b on the air. On this tip, we also love The Sweetest Vegan, who is adorable, hilarious, and gets mad YouTube love.

2. Seasonal Cooking Made Easy with Chef Keith Snow
This channel is great because Chef Snow is all about local, seasonal eating (kind-of) but mainly, he teaches you super basic stuff like, how to make pie dough and how to make vinaigrette. It's the stuff you think you should know how to make but just don't because hello, you can buy it already made. But also, hello, that shiz costs beaucoup bucks and there is a special accomplishment in making your own raviolis. If you need more basic skills training, Food Wishes also has your culinary back.

1. Maangchi
We need (NEED!) a Korean food cooking show, and this one is filled with deliciousness, humor, and accessibility. Plus, the host regularly wears wigs and that's just rad. Let's get some sass on the air, and learn to make boss kimchi at the same time!

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus! and tweets at mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie on Twitter: @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.
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