Free Online Cooking Classes – Travel Through Food During COVID-19 Isolation
This is the first post I’ve written surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. To be honest, I didn’t want to write about it. It’s all I get to read about these days. It’s all anyone gets to read about these days. But the fact is, it’s huge. This is changing normal, everyday life all over the planet.
We are a blog about travel and food. And travel has been almost completely suspended for the time being. But that doesn’t mean we can’t travel in a sense.
Food has an amazing way of transporting us across the globe. We can stay home and still experience different places through snacks and meals from those places. Sure, it’s not exactly the same as getting to travel there, but it is one way to simulate travel until you’re able to hop back on a plane and get back to it.
At this point, we have no idea how long it will be until we can get back out there and travel. So, in the meantime, how about we travel through food?
There’s been an influx of online classes popping up, most of them for free, during this pandemic. People all over the globe are confined to their homes, and they need ways to pass the time. Fortunately, we live in the digital age and have all sorts of resources at our fingertips.
So we’ve collected a list of free online cooking classes with recipes from around the globe to help you travel from home. The only issue you may have is finding the ingredients (thanks, panic buyers).
Skill Share is an online learning platform with both paid and free classes. One subject they teach is cooking. In their list of free online cooking classes are tons of lessons from around the globe. Whether it’s creating the perfect pasta or pizza from Italy, enchiladas from Mexico, Japanese home cooking and sushi, French crepes, or Indian chicken parathas. There are a multitude of lessons available completely for free! Check it out!
YouTube is an absolutely amazing place for people wanting to learn new skills. I learned how to replace my burned-out turn signal using YouTube. Cooking is no exception. There are all kinds of free online cooking classes, one of which, is Cooking with Dog.
Cooking with Dog is an adorable channel dedicated to teaching you Japanese recipes. The videos are narrated by Francis, the dog, and his assistant is Chef. That’s it. No name. Just Chef.
Unfortunately, Francis passed away in 2016, however, he lives on through these videos. The most recent video has a cartoon version of Francis on Chef’s sweater narrating the cooking class.
Cooking with Dog is sure to have you both learning and laughing. Check out this introduction video to the channel!
Did you know the New York Times website has a free online cooking class section? Well, now you do! Filled with recipes and instructional videos, this area of the website aims to make you a master chef in no time. Type a country into the search bar and watch the recipes appear!
You do have to sign up for an account to access the content, though.
Watching Manjula’s kitchen is like being adopted by an Indian woman who insists on making sure you can cook traditional Indian food. These free online cooking classes are also entirely vegetarian! Some are vegan and/or gluten-free as well.
As of 2013, Manjula had over 200 lessons on her channel. Now, in 2020, she’s still going strong.
Do yourself a favour and learn some of these mouthwatering Indian recipes!
Donal Skehan is an Irish cook who offers free online cooking classes via YouTube as well. He’s also known for being on television shows and authoring quite a few cookbooks. His YouTube videos have high production value as well as high content value. Apparently, he used to be in a boy band as well.
Donal has recipes/how-to videos, travel videos and some personal vlogs as well. He has a mix of recipes from around the world, including, of course, Ireland.
Though there are far fewer videos than other YouTube chefs on this list, Chef Kolawole Ajayi still brings us many traditional Nigerian recipes in his free online cooking classes. From meat pies to bitterleaf soup to jollof rice, there are tons of tasty recipes to bring Nigeria to you!
Whether you can’t travel because of COVID-19, or it’s been years since the pandemic and you’re currently unable to travel due to other circumstances, you can still bring the world to you through food. There are more resources out there than you can imagine for learning to cook recipes from around the world.
Consider hosting an “Around the World” food tour. Create a list of countries you’d like to “visit” and cook a recipe from each of those countries each day. Experiencing other cultures is about so much more than simply stepping foot in different countries. Bring the culture to you! Consider watching a movie from each of those countries or a documentary on the country each night as or after you’ve enjoyed your international meal.
There are many different ways to travel, and some of them don’t require you to leave the house!
How do you keep up your spirit of adventure and travel when you’re still at home? How do you travel from your own sofa? Let us know in the comments!