While some of you may be content ordering takeout for the rest of time, most of us would like to become better cooks. Whether that means perfecting a few classic recipes or learning to butcher a lamb, it's possible, convenient, and affordable via a brand-new cooking video site, Salted.
An ever-growing library of more than 200 cooking video tutorials from 50 of the nation’s top chefs, Salted is a cooking school for the 21st century. On your own time, in the comfort of your own kitchen, and in high-definition, you can learn the secrets of using a wok from Roy Choi (owner of Kogi BBQ and the godfather of the food truck movement), make the ultimate meatball with Daniel Holzman (chef and founder of NYC’s The Meatball Shop), or perfect your risotto with Tom Van Lente (executive chef of Chicago’s TWO). Each chef has more humor and charm than the next, so it’s almost like cooking in your best friend’s kitchen … if your BFF were the coolest dude (or lady) in town.
Want a sneak peek? Watch the trailer to see what it's all about.
WARNING: This site is absolutely addictive, so you can say goodbye to your social life. I actually spent four hours one night watching one video after the next (and most are under 10 minutes long). In addition to straight-up recipe and skill tutorials, the site also offers full courses: The How to Cook Bootcamp covers things like steaming, roasting, and frying, punctuated by a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
With detailed step-by-step written instructions for each tutorial, it’s easy to return when you need a refresher. Although I doubt I’ll ever forget that a roux requires only two ingredients (butter and flour)—something I learned from Tar & Roses’ handsome chef Bryon Freeze—if I have a brain lapse (never!), I can quickly reference the lesson by “building a cookbook” of my favorites, which requires just the click of a button.
Sign up for a free one-month trial and don't be surprised if you get hooked. After that, it’s $9.99/month—a steal compared to tuition, in my opinion.