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Culinary Stars of the Second Screen

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Our Favorite YouTube Cooking Channels
Illustration by Kim Graziano

Letting just anyone show you how to cook can be a recipe for a mediocre meal. With the rising popularity of YouTube cooking channels, it pays to be choosy—so allow us.

Subscribe to our favorite YouTube channels, which range from easy, instructional recipes for new cooks (Hilah Cooking) to beautifully bizarre Japanese cooking demos with a poodle (Cooking with Dog).

Then break out your phone or tablet and get to work.

Cooking with Dog
While a mysterious Japanese chef cooks a variety of popular Japanese dishes (smooth silken tofu, steamed pork buns, summer somen noodles), a Yoda-like gray poodle named Francis sits calmly next to her and "narrates" the recipes in English. It's an oddly soothing and wonderfully weird experience—enjoy.

Laura in the Kitchen
Self-taught cook Laura Vitale's channel offers hundreds of comfort food recipes, covering everything from soups and salads to appetizers and main courses. Make favorites such as avocado toast with a poached egg, deviled eggs and homemade orange chicken alongside the pretty chef, and keep an eye out for her signature wink.

Barbecue Pit Boys
'Tis the season for grilling, and these pit boys do not disappoint. Who else would show you how to grill a five-foot gator stuffed with crawfish and Andouille cornbread? They also cover less predatory proteins, with recipes like beer-can chicken, cheeseburger rolls and drunken clams and shrimp.

My Drunk Kitchen
"Champagne scares me. That's a first world problem." So declares Hannah Hart, the host of My Drunk Kitchen, a delightful series that's exactly what it sounds like: A funny lady gets drunk and makes food you'd like to eat while buzzed, such as fried avocado, eggplant parmesan and brownies. Sometimes famous people like Mary Louise Parker stop by.

Hilah Cooking
Are you of an age where it's embarrassing that you don't know how to cook? Fear not. Make easy beginner recipes in the privacy of your own home with charming instructor Hilah Johnson. Learn basic cooking techniques (cast-iron skillet care, how to poach an egg) and decrease your weekly take-out frequency with recipes for tacos, veggie enchiladas and more.

Burger Lab
Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais loves his beef and uses the phrase "mouthgasm." The production value on Burger Lab is high, the food close-ups are intense and frequent, and the soundtrack is similar to a Michael Bay movie. Watch as he makes insane burgers: dim sum dumping sliders, a "chicken 'n' biscuit mac 'n' cheese" burger, a spicy po'boy muffuletta burger and more.

Manjula's Kitchen
Do you miss your mom? If so, spend some time with Manjulia, because her comforting, maternal presence cannot be beat. Watch her make flavorful Indian vegetarian dishes such as vegetable curry, samosa pinwheels, aloo jeera and other specialties, then call your own mom.

This global super channel features an array of video series from around the world. Watch Day Tripper to follow along as a cute Australian travels to scenic destinations in Sydney, pausing to cook meals such as spiced lentil lettuce wraps and marinated pork with green apple salad. Coastal features chef Bryon Talbott visiting and cooking in different seaside towns: clamming in Cape Cod, cooking striped bass in Providence, Rhode Island, and finding the best lobster roll in Portland, Maine.

The J-Wro Show
The Cooking Channel's charming vegan cook Jason Wrobel creates tons of vegan and raw dishes and drinks. Looking for a supreme kale BLT salad, French toast, nachos, pumpkin gelato or pretty much any other vegan dish? He's got you covered.

Mario Batali
Pretty sure we don't have to sell letting Mario Batali teach you how to cook, but his how-to Tuesday channel is sufficiently awesome. Let the Italian stallion show you how to make mascarpone, break down a chicken, make pie crust and more.

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