I tend to watch too many food related vids on Youtube, like all the Iron Chefs, both original and American. There are other ways I should be spending my time.
I may have tried one or two recipes from Good Eats, almost as presented, but for the most part I just use my viewing as inspiration for matching ingredients, trying different styles and approaches. The exact recipes tend to just happen as I cook. Cookbooks and magazines I tend to treat the same way, rarely following an exact recipe, just thumbing through to see what looks good and pick up hints.
I do want to start improving my sauce skills and trying out some new ones. I'll probably stick pretty close to the recipes in Petersen's Sauces book when trying new ones. Like perhaps a chipotle watercress aioli to top my eggplant and turtle caesar salad
Not really, no. I'll look into memory at first regarding what I have at hand, then if that doesn't work grab a cookbook or two, if nothing stirs me after that (but I hardly get further than that and brain kicks in), I'll Google "recipe using..." whatever I've got. But that is extremely rare.
Teamfat....where do you source your turtles (you are nuts)
Youtube is good in some cases where you are looking for a specific technique or recipe, but mostly, its for entertainment, IMHO.
Usually, it's to see a skill demo ~ like knife skills for example. As a homemaker who has no experience beyond home cooking, short videos like that are very helpful. I can now slice and dice bushels of veggies with only a knife and minimal injury.
Of course, that doesn't keep me from cutting myself on a can top at least once a week. :thumb:
I watch a YouTube skill type video once a day now at Rouxbe and my home cooking has really, really improved. Yesterday, I watched one on how to make a butter sauce; hold it, keep it from splitting, and fixing it if it does split.