If you’re anything like me, you’re quickly running out of things to watch – though let’s be real, is there such a thing as too many Office rewatches? Also, if you’re anything like me, you’ve come across everyone and their uncle posting their Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/Disney+ recs.
Today I’m sharing something a little different: youtube recommendations. Yep, youtube. No longer just for music and cat videos. I have six channels for you today that I’ve been loving!
Probably the most well-known out of my recs, Binging with Babish is the massively popular channel from Andrew Rea where he recreates dishes from movies and television shows.
He’s done everything from chocolate pudding inspired by Rugrats to the Krabby Supreme to Eggs Florentine from my favorite show ever, Frasier. Honestly, half the fun is just seeing what he takes on next, his picks are so varied and cover practically every genre!
While I can’t see myself ever tackling any of the recipes on my own (and he recently released a cookbook of the first 100 recipes), new videos are a highlight of my week.
LATEST VIDEO: Cold Cure from Kenan & Kel
Gourmet Makes is a series from Bon Appetit where Claire, a pastry chef, attempts to recreate a candy or junk food. She gets SUPER technical, y’all. One of the first things she does is breaks out a rule and takes measurements to get the dimensions right.
She’s covered Twinkies, Bagel Bites, Twizzlers, Lucky Charms, Hot Pockets, seriously the list goes on. These episodes are around 30 minutes each and I love to both watch this and leave it play for background noise.
Bon Appetit’s channel in general is so fun – they have another series called Reverse Engineering where a chef is blindfolded and is given a dish to taste, touch, smell – but he can’t look at it. He then has a few days to try and replicate it.
LATEST VIDEO: Girl Scout Cookies
I mentioned these two channels last month, but I’m going to mention them again! I know the bookstagram world is currently loving the Harry Potter room videos and, yeah, they’re okay, but they’re not my favorite. Instead, I gravitate toward videos from The Guild of Ambience and New Bliss. These videos range from one hour to three or four, perfect for putting on in the background and sinking into a good book!
New Bliss tends to lean more toward rain and thunder (they have three library videos: Ancient Library, Royal Library, and Old Library Sounds) and feature fun places like an Apothecary and and Cozy Attic.
The Guild of Ambience is definitely more fantasy-based and some of their videos include a medieval tavern, a pirate ship, and a swamp.
Piggybacking off the ASMR videos, Baumgartner Restoration is equal parts relaxing AND fascinating. Julian Baumgartner is a second generation fine art restorer and his videos are nothing short of mind-blowing.
In his videos, Julian shares his craft with viewers, explaining the hows and whys of what he does and giving little history tidbits regarding the tears and blemishes he comes across that past restorers have done. I’ve let videos play as I fall asleep but mostly I just love to watch, I find it so interesting!
His videos have definitely changed over the past two years, going from quickie 5-minute videos to his current 40-minute in-depth processes. Every single time I’m in awe of the final piece.
LATEST VIDEO: Art Conversation; Live Retouching (This is a nearly 3-hour long live stream he did where he answered fan questions while retouching a painting.)
Nerd alert. It should come as NO secret that I love documentaries. I love to watch them and love to leave them on in the background – I’ve even gotten Matt hooked on them (though he says they’re his favorite thing to put on to fall asleep to ha)!
Timeline has a wealth of history documentaries from the fall of the Maya to Jane Austen to Richard III and a look inside Charles Dickens’ kitchen. I especially love the Time Team episodes (and that show alone should get its own spot on this list)! Really, this channel is just incredibly soothing to have in the background when I am focused on something else (work, reading) but don’t want to be in a totally quiet room. It doesn’t hurt that I’m always finding my attention wandering back to whatever is on the screen.
LATEST VIDEO: The Tide Turns for the Allies