Learn to Cook with YouTube Videos

Learning to cook has never been easier, now that anybody with an internet connection and a mobile device, laptop or computer can search through cooking videos on YouTube. In this article, we look closer at the Food Network's YouTube Channel, a video on the Maillard reaction, and many more resources.

Cooking with YouTube Videos

Whether you're an aspiring chef or a novice looking to pick up some new kitchen techniques, YouTube is a great source for instructional videos related to cooking. Best of all, these videos are free!

The Maillard Reaction

Caramelization and the Maillard reaction are two scientific principles that explain very important things that happen in the kitchen. Do you like French onion soup? Thank caramelization. Like your steak with a nice, crispy brown exterior? That's the Maillard reaction at work. This video helps explain how and why these things happen, and should help you get a better understanding of important cooking techniques.

How to Make French Ratatouille, Part 2

Epicurious is the online home of Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines. The site has an extensive database of recipes from both publications. As a further Web resource for cooks, Epicurious has a YouTube channel with everything from basic cooking techniques to bartending advice. In this video, which is the first of three parts, a chef walks you through the steps to make ratatouille, a traditional French vegetable dish.

Food Network YouTube Channel

Food Network's YouTube channel has a lot of other instructional videos for further kitchen demystification. Included are videos from all-star mentors, with instructional videos on making mac and cheese and comfort foods, among others.

Great Depression Cooking - Pasta with Peas

This video was a pretty unexpected find. Have you ever wondered how people ate and cooked during the Great Depression? A 91-year-old Great-Grandmother named Clara has firsthand knowledge and experience. In this video Clara shows us how to make a dish of pasta and peas. She narrates her experiences with the dish along with very easy to follow step-by-step instructions for making the dish.

Knife Skills

Any professional chef will tell you that the importance of good knife technique cannot be understated. Not only will good technique help keep you (your fingers especially) safe, but it will also help you prep food faster and more efficiently. Plus, do it right and you can impress your friends with your good technique and even cuts.

Spicy Scandal Chicken Curry

Do you like Indian food? If you've ever wondered how to make your own chicken curry at home, this video is a great step-by-step resource. The two cooks in the video give great instructions, and the finished product looks absolutely delicious.

If beakers and dramatic chemical reactions are more your speed than anything that goes on in the kitchen, check out some of the educational science videos, on YouTube.