Top 5 Cooks/Food Personalities on YouTube You Should Be Watching

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In an effort to endure unexpected flight delays, I've started watching random food and cooking shows on YouTube. So many are ten times more entertaining than Top Chef and offer better instructions than some of the schlock shows on the food network.

5. Clara Cannucciari. In "Great Cooking," 97-year-old Clara interweaves recipes for easy, economical dishes with stories from her childhood during the 1920s. I recommend the "Pasta and Peas" and "Cooked Bread" episodes.

4. Hetel Jannu and Anuja Balasubramanian. Show Me The Curry! South asian supermom Hetel and Anuja tag-team from their Dallas homes to provide tips for tackling Indian and American regional dishes such as black-eyed peas curry and aloo tikki. And unlike many (forced) cooking pairs on television, these two seem to genuinely like each other.

3. Gavin Webber. IT tech by day and sustainable food experimenter by night (and weekends), Gavin meticulously blogs and films his forays into cheesemaking, chicken coop construction and gardening. All with self-effacing good humor and a cute accent.

2. Alison Brien. An entire Youtube channel devoted to cheese? God bless you, Alison Brien. She covers home and industrial preparation methods for a wide variety of cheeses, answers pesky cheese terminology questions, and investigates proper fromage-related techniques, e.g., how to break down a parmesan properly.

1. Jas. Townsend. This man is living my dream, or one of them, at least: specifically, my fantasy of working in historical re-enactment. My first choice of time period and location would obviously be Victorian England, but, hey, 1700s America was pretty interesting, too. In addition to vending wonderfully detailed 18th-century clothing, kitchen supplies and other home goods on his Web site, Townsend hosts a series of instructional videos that highlight early American cookery. Watch as he prepares salt pork, fire cakes and mushroom ketchup.

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