You can find many delightful ways to waste your time on YouTube, but one of the best is to spend an afternoon looking at cooking and food channels. SEE ALSO: When bad music videos happen to good songs There are plenty of regular food channels out there for the usual aspiring chef and hungry human being. Then there are channels that focus on far more specific (and interesting!) ways to cook and appreciate food. From the vintage to the innovative to international cuisine, here are the greatest YouTube offerings in cooking. You'll get hungry watching them — and you might even make yourself something delicious. Vintage Townsends Townsends is not just a food channel — it's dedicated to 18th-century living as a whole. They do feature a lot of recipes, however, each from a cookbook published in the 1700s. As the host takes you through the recipe, he shares relevant historical facts, giving the recipe even more dimension. Great Depression Cooking Great Depression Cooking was hosted by the delightful Clara, who shared easy, useful, and — most importantly — cheap recipes that her family cooked at the height of the Depression. Clara has since passed away, but her legacy lives on with these videos and anecdotes. Making It Modern This channel is dedicated to taking those really disgusting mid-century recipes (you know, the kind where everything is encased in Jell-O, or there's too much Spam) and finding modern ways to recreate them. Bethany, the host of the channel, gives the historical context before making the vintage dish and then the modern interpretation. Innovative Hellthy Junk Food This channel is dedicated to recreating your favorite junk foods. Some of these versions are giant, indulgent creations, like the Pizza Cake or the giant Pocky stick. Some are DIY versions of trendy foods: spaghetti burritos, edible geodes, Szechuan sauce (a la Rick and Morty). And some are just wacky combinations: mac 'n' cheese inside a pizza! Hot dog inside a burger! It's a lot of food, and none of it is healthy, which is, of course, the best part. How to Cook That How to Cook That features a lot of cakes and desserts that don't actually look like cakes and desserts. We're talking iPad cakes, cheeseboard chocolates, Taylor Swift candy portraits ... the list goes on. There are also fancy cakes and stop-motion baking videos. Perfect for indulging your sweet tooth. Feast of Fiction This channel combines two of my most favorite things: fiction and food. They recreate meals and recipes found in movies, television, video games, and books (from Twin Peaks diner classics to Pokemon Malasadas). It's fun, geeky, and best of all, most of the recipes are easy to follow along and definitely realistic to eat. International My Village Food Recipes A thing I learned while researching this post is that there are a ton of India-based channels dedicated to recipes, which I thought was pretty darn cool. Some are sleek, polished productions, others are lovingly filmed by hand. My Village Food Recipes is the one I spotted first, and the one with the most followers. It takes us step-by-step through local recipes, with English subtitles. Grandpa Kitchen This channel has a good cause attached to it. It features the titular Grandpa, an elderly Indian man, who cooks large amounts of food for the students at Maruthi Concept School. He doesn't just stick to traditional recipes; he experiments with corn dogs, pancakes, donuts, and other Westernized foods. The care that Grandpa puts into his recipes is clear and it's all for the kids, making this channel not only cool, but also heartwarming. Ice Cream Rolls This isn't really a recipe channel, it's more like a discovery channel: Ice Cream Rolls is dedicated to the street food trend of Thai rolled ice cream. The producers of this channel go across the world, finding the coolest (pun fully intended) versions of this frozen treat. Some of them look delicious, like the Kinder Surprise ones, and some seem like more of an, uh, acquired taste. Either way, the process of making ice cream rolls is fun to watch, and probably almost as addictive as eating them. Want more clever culture writing beamed directly to your inbox? Sign up here for the twice-weekly Click Click Click newsletter. It's fun – we promise. WATCH: Capturing Barcelona with the Samsung Galaxy S9
You can learn a lot about a person based on where they fall in life's big debates: Coke vs. Pepsi, Triscuit vs. Wheat Thins, Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry. But there is one question that is perhaps the most decisive, the most controversial, the most revealing of what type of person you are: What is your favorite Trash Pizza? SEE ALSO: This baby trying pizza for the first time is the essence of joy Let's get this out of the way — pizza is a gotdamn national treasure. If I had a Personal Brand™, it would be pizza. I frequently wear a pizza sweater, which matches my pizza bow tie, which matches my "pizza fund" change jar on my desk at work, which one time, I cashed out and got $71 for pizza. Every year for Christmas I ask for "pizza and/or pizza related items," which is how I now have a pizza-shaped phone charger. And I used to have a Friday night ritual where I would grab a bottle of wine, a book, and eat a whole pizza by myself in bed while reading. (Helpful tips for how you too can live your best pizza life here.) But the beauty of pizza is that there are so many types of pizza. There are good pizzas for when you want to feed your body and Trash Pizzas — that cheap, greasy goodness — for when you want to feed your soul. And the Trash Pizzas are the best. But with so many types of Trash Pizzas out there, which one reigns supreme? Domino's? Pizza Hut? Papa John's? Let's settle the score. Here are your favorite Trash Pizzas, ranked. 8. Last place, the worst Trash Pizza: Little Caesars Story time, folks. One time, when I was in college, I went to my friend's St. Patrick's Day party, which was probably bad idea #1 given that, overall, I didn't drink very much when I was in college. Because this was a college party where the name of the game was get the most alcohol for the cheapest price, people were drinking this concoction where you put a whole bunch of beer in a bucket, spike that with liquor, and then throw in edible glitter so it sparkles. (Bad idea #2) I wish I could say I looked into that bucket and said "lol there's no way I'm putting that into my body," but, dear reader, I did not say that. I drank that drink, which in hindsight, might have been literal poison. Somehow, in a very surprisingly, totally unforeseeable turn of events based on the safe and mature choices I was making, I got drunk. Like incredibly drunk. Like so drunk out of my mind that I decided it would be a good idea for me to pick up Little Caesars on the way home. And let me tell you, friends, that was NOT a good choice. I have a very distinct memory of sitting down at home, pulling up the first episode of Lost on Netflix, taking a bite of that Little Caesars pizza and thinking "Wow, this shit is not edible." That's how bad Little Caesars is. It's the clear loser of the Trash Pizzas. 7. Those heat lamp pizzas they have at gas stations sometimes Public service announcement: Gas station pizzas are a trap! In my wayward youth, I have been ensnared by the weird allure of gas station pizza. Why? Because they look so much better than everything else in a gas station. They're like a prize to be won. After you pass the register, go through aisles of motor oil and other car goods, skip over the combos, there, shining under a bright heat lamp, perhaps rotating gently, is the gas station pizza. But it's all a ruse, like those beautiful outdoor lamps that attract insects and electrocutes them. A gas station pizza will ruin your life. Unless you want to soon be spending 20-30 minutes in a gas station bathroom, avoid the gas station pizza. (They're still better than Little Caesars tho.) 6. Hot Pocket Pizzas Lol! Nope! Jim Gaffigan has said everything you need to know about hot pockets. 5. The little pizzas that come in Lunchables Let's be clear from the start: those pizzas that come in Lunchables are not good. They're tiny so they aren't filling, the "cheese" only tastes like salt, and literally what is that tomato paste they put in a pouch and call pizza sauce? And yet those gross lil' Lunchables pizzas have a fond place in my heart. They feel like a nostalgic relic from my childhood, a rite of passage that made me the person I am today. And if you rolled up to lunch in your first grade cafeteria with a Mega Deep Dish Lunchable pizza, you were basically a god for the day. God bless Lunchable pizzas. 4. DiGiorno DiGiorno pizza is solidly middle of the pack. It's not the worst. It's not the best. It just is. But here's the thing about DiGiorno pizza: it's work. DiGiorno's whole pitch is it's there when you want it. "It's not delivery. It's DiGiorno." But if you read between the lines, what they're really saying is "make the gotdamn pizza yourself." So then you have to pre-heat the oven, bake your pizza for 20 minutes, sometimes the cheese drips and you have to clean your oven grill, then you have to grab dishes, and then you eat your pizza and it's not even good. AND WHO WANTS TO DO THAT WORK FOR BAD PIZZA? Literally no one. The Venn diagram of when I want Trash Pizza and when I want to pre-heat an oven feature completely separate circles. Those two feelings never intersect. I don't want to have to work for my Trash Pizza. I want someone to hand me a box and say "stuff this in your face." 3rd Place: Domino's It might be controversial that Domino's appears in the middle of this list since, according to a very scientific study featuring 45 votes and conducted by my friend and colleague Damon Beres, Domino's is the best pizza. Which is better — Damon Beres ✨ (@dlberes) February 15, 2018 But everyone is wrong. Domino's is trash. And not in the good way. In terms of flavor, Domino's is fine . It's not great and not the worst, it's just fine. To be totally honest, it tastes mostly like grease, like all proper Trash Pizzas should. However, we need to talk about that crust. The default Domino's pizza crust is their "hand-tossed" pizza crust, which is "garlic-seasoned, with a rich, buttery taste." No, I'm not buying it. What they've really done is taken a gross pizza and then made it bougie. (Don't start actin' all brand new, Domino's.) The major crime with the crust is that their garlic "seasoning" is grainy and falls off everywhere, which makes a huge mess. It's the Hansel and Gretel of pizza — it leaves a trail of crumbs wherever it goes, WHICH IS NOT HOW A PIZZA SHOULD WORK. Domino's has taken the concept of pizza, which is a handheld affair, and transformed it into a more complicated endeavor. That's some bull -ish, Domino's. 2nd Place: Papa John's Papa John's used to be my favorite Trash Pizza, which may be surprising because Papa John's is objectively bad pizza. I openly acknowledge that. In fact, when I did eat it, I called it "pizza product" or "imitation pizza." But the thing about Papa John's is that it is the perfect vehicle for grease and of course, their butter garlic sauce. And that butter garlic sauce is magic. (Side note, have you noticed that the sauce comes in two different consistencies, a creamy sauce and an oily sauce? It's so wildly inconsistent which makes the garlic sauce feel like a game every time you order.) It's some type of alchemy. The butter garlic sauce is bad. The pizza is bad. But put them together and they are the best damn trash pizza experience you can find. Whenever I ate a Papa John's pizza, I felt like I could physically feel my heart slowing in my body. It was fucking great. But I stopped ordering Papa John's because papa John is a bad man. And though he is no longer the CEO of Papa John's, his business cannot have my dollars anymore. The Winner, the best Trash Pizza: Pizza Hut Everybody sleeps on Pizza Hut and it's absolutely tragic. Pizza Hut gave us stuffed crust pizza, arguably the greatest innovation in pizza history. You take a pizza and its crust and then YOU PUT MORE CHEESE IN IT. Tbh, I am surprised that whoever thought of that idea didn't win a Nobel Prize. And who can forget Pizza Hut's BOOK IT! program, which gave children free pizzas in exchange for reading books. Listen, I get it. Pizza Hut pizza is NOT great. Nobody says, "you know what I want right now. A Pizza Hut pizza." And Pizza Hut knows that, so they leaned into that brand. Why else would you stuff hotdogs onto the end of a pizza. Why else would you partner with Taco Bell to create the promised land of trash food, the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Pizza Hut knows it's trash so it turned everything surrounding the pizza great so that you can have the best possible Trash Pizza experience for as little money as possible. And for that reason, Pizza Hut is top of the list. WATCH: These smart sneakers can order pizza and pause TV
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