When it comes to food or drinks and YouTube, my first thought is, "this is probably a video I don't want to watch while eating."
But The Atlantic suggests that YouTube is supplanting cookbooks, providing instructional videos and clear recipes that are more illustrative than a two-dimensional picture. So is YouTube America's next great cooking show?
It's not a big leap to say that there are valuable how-to cooking videos on YouTube. But if my attempts to use the web as video inspiration for home repair are any indication, the number of videos that you have to watch to find what is actually helpful can make that process fairly lengthy. And sadly page views and comments are not always a reliable indicator for a given clip.
Although if YouTube were to adopt a rating system, similar to Epicurious or other recipe-gathering sites, that might help sort through the 3,670 videos about making pasta. If only there was some way to know whether the nine minutes are worth it.
I've spent a fair bit of time on YouTube, but I've never considered it as an alternative to cookbooks or recipes online. What's been your experience?
[Image via YouTube: GiR2007]