If following recipes takes more concentration and patience than you're willing to give, check out these foodie sites with video tips geared toward short-attention-span cooks.
Venerable site Chow.com is the go-to source for food recipes and trends, but one of its standout features is its robust video content, where familiar faces explain the right (and wrong) ways to cook in bite-sized "how to" videos.
Los Angeles foodies will be pleased to see an appearance from Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's "Good Food," as she shows the step-by-step process of making the perfect tortilla. In "Chow Tips," there dozens of demos available, including Matthew Accarrino of Craft Los Angeles who shows us how to roast beets.
In the series, "You're Doing it All Wrong," you can catch Top Chef alum Jamie Lauren (Absinthe Brasserie & Bar) explains why using a fork to mash up yolk can destroy deviled eggs, while Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys) eschews pre-made patties for hand-chopped strip steak to make the perfect burger.
Budding and experienced cooks can learn from a huge variety of "Technique Videos, from basic knife skills to kneading bread to preparing the perfect cappuccino.
Epicurious' videos aren't just cooking demos. It also features video profiles of mega-celebrity chefs such as Alice Waters, Joël Robuchon and Thomas Keller, as well as tips from the experts on wine pairing and cocktail guides.
Not to be outdone by The Food Network, Epicurious even has its own original reality show series, "Inside the CIA," which documents the stories of chefs attending the prestigious culinary program in its Hyde Park, New York location.
What these videos lack in personality (think droning voiceovers and basic graphics), they make up for in the detail of ingredients and utensils behind making everything from macaroni and cheese to 10-minute chicken curry. The site offers a huge library of global cuisines and additional categories such as dining etiquette and healthy eating.
Sort of a YouTube for foodies, TastyFood features amateur videos on how to make, well, a very random assortment of dishes. Videos are heavy on Asian cuisine as well as desserts and cookies, but there are also unexpected inclusions like Knoflook toastjes (which turned out to be something akin to garlic bread).
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times online covers more than restaurant reviews and food trends; it also features a series of video cooking tips in its "Daily Dish" section. Staffers try out recipes in the Times test kitchen (who knew?) and showcase recipes as varied as alder-smoked scallops with fennel salad and fabulous-sounding strawberry dumplings.
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