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Beginner or Expert: The Best Online Sources for Cooking

For a while now, many of us have been working from home, filling our time with Netflix series and movies. Of course, we need to eat in the midst of all of that. Health officials have however advised restricting food outings to reduce coronavirus exposure.

Some may opt for restaurant delivery or take-out, but that can become costly (plus, it's not fully risk-free either). The best choice is to learn how to prepare your own meals and, better yet, to do so with everything you've got on hand so you don't feel like you need to go to the supermarket for an emergency ride.

Fortunately, there are lots of sources online for your home cooking and it’s for any level of cooking! Whether it's the beginner how-tos or instructional videos from YouTube, we hope this list will get you started on your path to culinary confidence.

Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit offers easy-to-make recipes which are at the same time flavorful. The website has two sub-brands; "Healthy-ish" which focuses on taking on food and life in a somewhat healthier way, while "Basically" is focused on novices. Bon Appetit has also published a guide that’s specifically for this crisis. It includes recipes that use five or fewer ingredients, leftover-friendly foods, convenient foods, as well as recipes that concentrate on shelf-stable products such as beans, canned tomatoes and tinned fish.

NYT Cooking

This site actually requires you $1.25 a week or $40 a year - but we believe it’s worth it. The website and the smartphone app (for iOS and Android) is well-organized and intuitive to use, with bright, colorful photos along with a constantly changing list of recommendations and suggestions for curated recipes. There’s also a search function where you can not only enter the ingredients you've got on hand, but also what kind of meal you want to make (is it for breakfast? snack? or dinner?) along with any dietary restrictions you might have

Youtube Channels

Maangchi

The New York Times has called Maangchi the Julia Child of Korean cuisine. She not only has a friendly and bubbly personality, she does a wonderful job of demystifying Korean cuisine and making it accessible to both beginners and advanced cooks.

"Binging with Babish"

"Binging with Babish" is a popular YouTube channel (over 6.6 million subscribers) that focuses primarily on recreating food from television shows and films. Some famous examples include the Krabby Patty from Spongebob Squarepants and the Ratatouille from Ratatouille. But host Andrew Rea also has the ability to cook "normal" foods, and his channel 's popularity led him to host a spin-off series called "Basics with Babish," which is for beginners.

Don’t worry, these are just some of the channels you can refer to for your meals. There are more sites you might want to check! Are you in the kitchen already? What’re you waiting for? Make your own twists when cooking your own recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

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