“If you don’t like pickles, one thing you can do is seek help.”
“By the way, spaghetti gets its name because you put it in the ‘spa’ to cook it.”
“Today, we’re making pizza, also known as single-layer lasagna.”
There’s something about those quotes by YouTube channel You Suck At Cooking that doesn’t sound quite right. But, hey, what do we know? We’re not the owner of a cooking channel with three million subscribers.
Who is? Who knows? But the mysterious owner (he of the sardonic voice and dexterous hands) specializes in serving up a variety of how-to recipes in a cynically comedic format. “Whisking” becomes “wang-jangling.” “The oven at 400 degrees” becomes “The undo at four hundo.” “Lettuce” becomes “crispy water.”
And if you can’t understand the recipe through all the jokes and terminology changes, you can always take the boring way out by finding the actual recipe in the video description.
The channel’s title might feel like an immediate affront to your cooking ability. But fear not, because the channel doesn’t leave you to wallow in the insult. The channel will teach you hundreds of recipes of varying difficulty. So whether you’re learning how to cook bacon for the first time or are looking to create a chocolate lava cake, there will be a video for you.
Additionally, the humor in the video will provide a fun watching experience whether you actually plant to follow the recipe or not.
However, many of the jokes on the channel, including occasional sensual ones, may not be appropriate for younger audiences. The hostmakes references to drug use, and a ramen recipe veers into trying to treat a hangover. Another recipe shows how to make various cocktails, and the channel pours ashes from an urn to mix the drinks with it. Finally, foul language is often wang-jangled into videos, and while the f-word and s-word are censored, words like “b–tard” and “a–” are not. God’s name is also misused, and Jesus’ name is inappropriately used.
You’ll likely leave You Suck At Cooking with a laugh and a full stomach, but the cynical humor and language might be a bit too inappropriate for your children.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”