Can’t decide what to make for dinner tonight? Having trouble with your pizza dough technique? Gone are the days of rifling through a library of cookbooks to find the best tiramisu recipe or the perfectly sized meal for a party of one. The next generation of food documentation is here, and it’s streaming online 24/7.
Last December, YouTube announced the most popular cooking videos of 2010. Among them, viewers can learn what goes into a jalapeño POP burger and how to carve a potato ball in a potato box.
Scarlett Lindeman from the Atlantic explains it best in her recent article:
“[E]ven the most well-stocked library cannot undermine the speed and expanse of the Internet. Cooks curious about a particular technique can click through YouTube archives as if turning the pages of a well-thumbed French Laundry cookbook. I know many who do and then pass them around via e-mail and Facebook. Cutline Communications, a consumer technology PR company, has noted that ‘more Americans are turning to YouTube to learn how to prepare all kinds of foods.’”
Embedded videos from sites such as YouTube aren’t the only forms of new cooking media. Throwing its weight into the arena are video games dedicated to the art of cooking. Games like the popular Diner Dash and Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine, are teaching tech-savvy cooks how to filet a fish and julienne an onion from the comfort of their game consoles. Smartphones have also joined the fray, and you can now access thousands of recipes from your iPhone or Android mobile device.
While there’s something inherently charming about a thirty-year-old edition of Mastering The Art of French Cooking, or a well-used, sauce-splattered edition of 1,001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes, digital media is on its way to making the art of cooking accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
See the full collection of top cooking videos on The Huffington Post.