Web Series Wednesday: Cooking Out of the Box
If you want to be entertained while learning a new recipe–or just be entertained, in some cases–these cooking shows on the web are for you. Three of them start off with the premise of cooking as a single person, while all five present unique takes on approaching your home kitchen. You’ll laugh, cry, and maybe learn how to make some pretty decent red pepper soup (but stay far away from Henry’s chili for one).
Next week, our web series selection will explore the paranormal, so if you know of any good internet shows starring ghosts or other unknown forces, feel free to send them to us at [email protected].
Though I hate to use this word, this quirky web series surprisingly features solid recipes and some interesting facts, all shrouded in a very flashy umbrella of kitsch (as the punny title suggests). Kelly Camille Patterson, who’s acted on Broadway and appeared in some TV series, makes strong drinks and wears stunningly colorful dresses while preparing “TV dinners on a stick” or explaining the facts behind “return shopping carts to the supermarket month” (aka, February). At least watch the show for her outfit each week (it rolls our every Tuesday).
Another eccentric redhead leads this show for “the single cook.” Set up like an old-timey cartoon/silent picture, the web series uses that effect on the screen as well (you’ll see what I mean) to what should be any viewer’s delight. Impeccably dressed with a feather boa and “vintage gloves,” the host of this show has more than enough charisma to keep you watching in spite of lackluster recipes. Mostly, the show is fun, the music spirited, and the central character brightly endearing.
Though the host of this series, Adrian Bustamante, is quite underwhelming compared to what we’ve seen so far, the cooking is just weird enough to make it worth including on this list. The title is quite literal, as each recipe represents “deconstructing” a single food item (here, a cheeseburger—the show does a lot of these with cheeseburgers) and turning it into something completely different, such as ice cream. The way the host makes it work is impressive every time.
Host Henry is perfectly awkward in this web series named for him. His recipes are basic, comforting, and easy (at least, they should be). As he makes them, Henry punctuates his actions with awkward silences and off-putting facts in monotone. The background music is mournful, like Henry’s eyes. He continually fails, but each failure will only bring you closer to him.
You could describe this web series on Vimeo as cute because of the visuals or health-focused because food is made by one vegan (there are two chefs) and always stars vegetables. Ultimately, it’s informative because the hosts pay a lot of attention to detail in their recipes. The show starts out because the two main characters are trying to outdo a guy selling grilled cheese sandwiches in the park, then develops into a full-blown cooking series, in which the hosts always wear matching outfits…so, okay, cute.