In many countries, the ongoing pandemic has confined people to their homes. At the same time, restaurants have also closed – many of them have transitioned to home delivery, while others have simply suspended their operations until the situation improves. This, of course, is a great opportunity for those stuck at home to make their first forays into the amazing world of gastronomy – or, in laymen’s terms, to learn how to cook.
While the internet is chock full of recipes to try, posted by cooks of various levels of expertise, some of them are worth more attention than others. So, instead of watching Paris Hilton’s new cooking show, head over to these dedicated professionals.
Jamie Oliver is one of the best-known celebrity chefs today. His cooking style is perhaps the closest to what we call “home cooking” – he rarely uses crazy expensive ingredients, and his dishes are more often “rustic” than “sophisticated”.
While Britain is under a strict social distancing mandate, Jamie keeps the home cooks company through a brand new show called Keep Cooking and Carry On. Here, he doesn’t only share delicious recipes but also makes the dishes out of ingredients usually found in anyone’s cupboard.
And before you argue that you can’t watch Britain’s Channel 4, know that most of the recipes are also shared on Jamie’s website and YouTube channel. And while you’re there, you should also check out the channel ran by Gennaro Contaldo who will teach you about traditional Italian dishes.
If you have a taste for Asian foods even when your local restaurants are closed, you may want to give the Asian at Home channel a try. Here, Korean-born chef (who is a self-taught cook) Seonkyoung Longest shares her favourite Asian recipes made in her home kitchen, usually based on ingredients you’ll find in your local supermarket.
As you might expect, her recipes usually revolve around veggies, meat, and noodles but quite often, she makes desserts and other delicacies at home.
Last but not least, let us mention Adam Ragusea, a home cook and YouTuber whose food-related videos are a pleasure to follow. He is by far not a professional cook – he studied music composition, ultimately becoming a journalist, and only filming recipes to practice camerawork and cinematography. His New York-style pizza recipe went viral last year, which pushed him to make more cooking videos.
Unlike professional chefs, his recipes are centred on cooking at home but he often deviates toward other areas like growing tomatoes, web design or the metric system.