OK, real talk: I don’t know about you, but at-home cooking throughout quarantine has proven to be equal parts valiant efforts and just keeping it simple. One thing that’s kept me inspired in the kitchen? The countless number of recipes uploaded to YouTube on the daily. From Bon Appétit’s Test Kitchen to dishes developed in a childhood home, these 5 YouTube recipes have made the cut for my weekly menus.
Priya Krishna is an absolute force in the world of modern food writing. You may recognize Krishna from her days as one of the biggest stars of Bon Appétit’s Test Kitchen, and she has since reached even greater heights after the release of her best-selling cookbook, Indian-ish. Like many, Krishna found herself quarantining at her childhood home, which meant that her parents were making quite a few appearances in her videos. Her mom’s Cheesy Tomato Rice recipe is packed with flavor and can act as a meal, side dish or snack.
After being canceled, food writer and Internet superstar Alison Roman went offline to figure out what her next big move would be. The answer: Home Movies with Alison Roman. Releasing a new episode each Tuesday, Roman has formulated a show that showcases her exceptional ability to explain how and why something cooks or tastes the way it does as well as a likable candor that is singularly her own. Her classic chicken cutlet recipe has become a weekly staple in my kitchen. It is straightforward, requires basically zero prep time and tastes heavenly.
Carla Lalli Music has made a name for herself as a food writer who keeps her pantry stocked with essentials and a little something unexpected here or there. The one fact about Music I cannot get over is that she was the original general manager of the original Shake Shack. No joke. Now, if there’s one thing in this world that I love more than sleep, it’s Shake Shack. During her time in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, Music gifted us with an unofficial ShackBurger recipe that, in my opinion, has redefined comfort food. It’s pure gold.
Drew Barrymore set out to do the unimaginable: launch a talk show during the height of the coronavirus outbreak. Well, it worked, and it has quickly become one of my favorite shows. Question time: Who’s more likeable than Barrymore? Enter Tabitha Brown. The social media superstar has garnered a following thanks to her vegan insights and recipes. Barrymore invited Brown onto the show for a segment featuring her viral vegan grilled cheese. What makes it so good? The sprinkling of garlic salt and vegan cheese on both the inside and outside of the bread. Solid proof that next-level deliciousness need not be complicated.
Molly Baz’s debut cookbook, Cook This Book, has cemented the self-proclaimed Caesar salad enthusiast’s future as one of the most exciting food writers to watch. Her devotion to the classic dish first made waves in the Test Kitchen with a video that now boasts more than two million views. The secret sauce? A dressing made of multiple egg yolks and anchovies that results in an aioli-like consistency with the perfect amount of fresh pepper. Some may categorize this effort as basic. I declare it a solid game changer for the everyday dish.