Bon Appetit Test Kitchen

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Use this to discuss favorite series, attempts to do BATK tricks at home, and express your approval or disdain for the various personalities on display.

http://www.youtube.com/user/BonAppetitDotCom

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 March 2020 03:23 (one year ago) link

I want to try making the omelette souffle, but I'm a bit intimidated

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 28 March 2020 04:16 (one year ago) link

It's super easy. A little weird, but worth trying at least once.

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Saturday, 28 March 2020 04:18 (one year ago) link

Brad Leone is a hero

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 March 2020 05:07 (one year ago) link

I tried the omelette souffle and it did not work, but it was still a good omelette.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 28 March 2020 05:09 (one year ago) link

i became aware of the videos through this link and maybe tombot on another thread. https://jezebel.com/my-obsession-with-the-bon-appetit-cinematic-universe-1839497437

soooo many videos. i need to just figure out a couple of things to make and start.

Yerac, Saturday, 28 March 2020 16:30 (one year ago) link

The roast chicken looks good too, although having it completely slathered on gojuchang may be too much spice for my family.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 28 March 2020 16:33 (one year ago) link

The home video era should be interesting (including whatever amazing upstate house Andy has gotten himself hooked up in)

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 28 March 2020 16:53 (one year ago) link

For me the videos are more about entertainment than recipes, although I got a subscription to the mag for my bday and we've made a lot of the recipes. I do want to try Brad's cured egg yolks, but it seems like a waste of eggs rn.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 28 March 2020 16:56 (one year ago) link

i love carla's videos

forensic plumber (harbl), Saturday, 28 March 2020 16:59 (one year ago) link

i have watched a lot of these videos over the past 3 months. even if they weren't exactly hired for the purpose of internet video, the casting of the ba test kitchen is pretty impeccable.

Brad Leone is a hero
otm. i was watching an older video recently and molly was talking about listening to "i'm like a bird" in her high school carpool, and brad was like, "oh, for me high school carpool was more like smoking joints and listening to system of a down"

only thing i've made was carla's pot of butter beans, which isn't really a recipe, but they were pretty good even without bothering with the aioli.

favorite running gag is priya's apparent deep embarrassment at having a hot boyfriend that the internet knows about.

circles, Saturday, 28 March 2020 17:18 (one year ago) link

Molly drives my wife insane. When she reported in on the WFH video her immediately yelled “Oh of COURSE she’s in Joshua Tree”

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 March 2020 17:30 (one year ago) link

she's such a cartoon millennial it's sort of hard to believe, but then is so knowledgeable and efficient when it comes to actual food stuff. like when she does videos with the editor-in-chief her vibe is "i've worked in dozens of restaurant kitchens and test recipes for a living, please get out of my way and don't make any dumb suggestions"

circles, Saturday, 28 March 2020 17:55 (one year ago) link

Rapo is truly a snoot though

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:04 (one year ago) link

He just shows up to remind everyone how BA in the 90s put sundried tomatoes in everything and it was dumb. And then make a remark that their work is only okay

El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:06 (one year ago) link

carla is the best. I also like sohla, andy and of course claire. brad I like but not by himself, too much bro energy, but great playing off others.

the marinade in the gochujang pork recipe is reliable and easy to make if you can get the ingredients.

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Saturday, 28 March 2020 21:58 (one year ago) link

i only watched the focaccia one with Samin and Brad and really hated Brad for the first half and then warmed up to him.

Yerac, Saturday, 28 March 2020 22:25 (one year ago) link

Holy shit there goes the rest of my life I had no clue this existed.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Saturday, 28 March 2020 22:28 (one year ago) link

Molly gives me "milk first then cereal" vibes

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Saturday, 28 March 2020 22:30 (one year ago) link

My wife has a very offensive but truly apt nickname for Molly.

I liked how in the recent cocktail ep Sohla was the only one who kept showing up to try every single drink, uncommented upon.

Also tbh it took an adjustment period when I learned Chris was straight.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 29 March 2020 12:03 (one year ago) link

After making quick breads all week, we tried a BA earl grey tea bread, and it overflowed the loaf pan and smoked up the whole kitchen/house. Then I looked up a blog post by Molly saying you need to precisely measure the inside of your pan, or else it will overflow. I fully blame Molly.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 29 March 2020 12:07 (one year ago) link

omg. so you mentioned this thing about chris (who I don't know) and in my mind I am like, "oh guy who you end up being surprised is straight? probably from boston." and lo and behold when I look him up online.

"Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Boston."

Yerac, Sunday, 29 March 2020 15:13 (one year ago) link

I call it the Ed Norton Dissonance.

Yerac, Sunday, 29 March 2020 15:17 (one year ago) link

haha

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 29 March 2020 15:42 (one year ago) link

I demand to learn the vulgar Molly nickname

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Sunday, 29 March 2020 15:53 (one year ago) link

I made the omelettes, they were good! Feel like i could whip them up any time, which is saying a lot for me because I'm very nervous about cooking anything without a detailed recipe in hand.

Also, lol, Newton, my high school's rival.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 29 March 2020 22:01 (one year ago) link

I am def gonna try Sohla's variant on a White Russian.

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 03:17 (one year ago) link

I liked how in the recent cocktail ep Sohla was the only one who kept showing up to try every single drink, uncommented upon.

Ok, after the coffee one, I legit hope that she's keeping it together.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 20:12 (one year ago) link

Chris & Brad do Gourmet Makes was pretty lol, I'm glad the commenters got their wish (would be great if they have more swapped shows in the can).

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 20:20 (one year ago) link

Watched it this morning as a palate cleanser from reality and I was dying. Brad is such an ADD toddler and I love Chris a lot lot--I love their affection for each other even though they're opposites. Super great.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, 2 April 2020 14:20 (one year ago) link

I made the Gojuchang roast chicken. It was ok, a lot of effort for what it is.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:53 (one year ago) link

Really enjoyed the bagel bites episode of Gourmet Makes a week or two ago.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 2 April 2020 22:12 (one year ago) link

Andy >>> Antoni

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 3 April 2020 01:08 (one year ago) link

One sure sign of mental/emotional decline has been developing a parasocial crush on a bon appetit person. Time to log off

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Friday, 3 April 2020 01:56 (one year ago) link

Oh I have crushes on several. But they all spend way more time preparing food than I could ever stand.

El Tomboto, Friday, 3 April 2020 03:15 (one year ago) link

I mean, there is an upside to being with someone who cooks all the time.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 3 April 2020 13:50 (one year ago) link

Ugh, Molly making that gross ostrich egg with whipped cream and salmon roe, only for both of them to agree that it's gross, just wasting food. On the other hand, can't wait to see what show swap today brings us!

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 3 April 2020 14:07 (one year ago) link

there's lots of wasting food going on in bon appetit. the whole taking one bite from every dish on a restaurant menu feature !

the ostrich egg was just eldritch tho, no arguments

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Friday, 3 April 2020 16:55 (one year ago) link

I feel like the food waste that happens in the BATK and related adventures is somewhat justified in that they aim to teach people how to make better food at home, thus enriching lives and possibly leading to less food waste in the form of thousands of inedible household kitchen disasters. That’s probably what they tell themselves.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 4 April 2020 04:23 (one year ago) link

Also OF COURSE Molly made the most insufferable thing in the coffee episode. I’d grab a drink with Sohla anytime though. I also like how they wove all the pourover silliness together in the editing room.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 4 April 2020 04:26 (one year ago) link

Brad’s visit to Tillamook made us wish we got Tillamook ice cream here out east.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 4 April 2020 04:27 (one year ago) link

I made the the spicy katsu chicken sandwiches, although I dialed back the spice level. They were good, nice crunch.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 4 April 2020 06:13 (one year ago) link

I made Molly’s Grown-Up Mac & Cheese. She used all parm, I did cheddar, fontina, parm bc I value cheesiness. It was silky and wonderful with no roux necessary. Whole stick of butter though. But it’s spread throughout a lb of pasta.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Saturday, 4 April 2020 14:09 (one year ago) link

For the Delaney restaurant series, they always insist that the crew eats the food and that it doesn't go to waste.

I'm baking the BA 'shockingly easy no - knead focaccia' today, it has indeed been easy going so far.

Claire doing Brad's show was delightful btw.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 4 April 2020 14:59 (one year ago) link

Yes it was. The editing on that show is top notch.

I want a dirtbag covers podcast where ppl attempt to approximate these recipes on a strict budget w no fancy gadgets.

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Saturday, 4 April 2020 19:32 (one year ago) link

The crew did an "In Coversation" thing at the 92nd Street Y a little over a month ago, though I wouldn't recommend it unless you've watched a lot of the regular videos.

https://youtu.be/eUJzqChe3FQ

Chris's having worked at Vogue maybe another bit of "wait, he's not gay?" dissonance.

circles, Saturday, 4 April 2020 23:16 (one year ago) link

I need to know how many of the same navy shirt jacket suit Amiel owns. Like does he have 12 of them or does he just wear the same one EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:58 (one year ago) link

We made a version of this last night and it was surprisingly amazing:
https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pasta-al-limone

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 13:50 (one year ago) link

For the Delaney restaurant series, they always insist that the crew eats the food and that it doesn't go to waste.

ok, this makes sense and I probably should've just assumed this. I guess I often don't consider how many crew members there are for these things

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 16:24 (one year ago) link

i almost never watch these but the one where claire tries to make her own jelly bellies was really entertaining. i appreciate that she takes a stupid task very seriously and gets genuinely frustrated when things go wrong over and over.

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 16:49 (one year ago) link

Would bookmark

Just a few slices of apple, Servant. Thank you. How delicious. (stevie), Friday, 21 August 2020 07:56 (one year ago) link

https://gabyskitchen.com/

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:11 (one year ago) link

https://gabyskitchen.com🕸/


<3

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 24 August 2020 14:12 (one year ago) link

Bon Appétit, the multimedia food-journalism outlet that has experienced a summer of racial strife in the workplace, has a new editor in chief: Dawn Davis, a prominent editor and executive who has been one of the few Black power players in the book world.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/business/media/bon-appetit-dawn-davis-editor.html

jaymc, Thursday, 27 August 2020 17:12 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Sohla has joined the Babish Culinary Universe, and it is good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zDZV-jGJ6w

Just a few slices of apple, Servant. Thank you. How delicious. (stevie), Monday, 28 September 2020 21:00 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

meanwhile BA has attempted a woke relaunch. the metrics are not too encouraging so far and the whole thing has a gross post-Deadspin-exodus vibe, fairly or not.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 15 October 2020 15:34 (one year ago) link

Absolutelyfuckingnot. RIP

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 15 October 2020 15:36 (one year ago) link

I’d love to confidently boycott it but once the algorithm starts suggesting new Brad videos I’m going to end up watching them

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 15 October 2020 16:16 (one year ago) link

Ew. Brad is the LEAST appealing chef to me. I can barely watch his videos esp when the editors over-hack them.

Sohla said something fascinating a while back. When asked about how the other chefs were responding to the initial airing of the test kitchen inequality, she said something like (and I paraphrase), "Everyone is reacting differently. Some of my colleagues have already put out supportive statements, but, like, Brad just discovered racism yesterday."

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 15 October 2020 16:29 (one year ago) link

Lol Brad strikes me as a real creep

plax (ico), Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:14 (one year ago) link

It’s certainly possible to be a creep and a doofus at the same time, that’s true.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:19 (one year ago) link

I find Brad's incoherence winning, he doesn't seem like a creep but a charming clod IMO

Walter Draggedman (stevie), Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:27 (one year ago) link

I don't know how much is the peeping on drama element, but the two new videos have 250k views per day so sadly the reboot might work.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:28 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PsJilIaFio

Sohla has another show

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:02 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

This recipe seemed nuts to me at first -soaking the pasta in stock before cooking??? - but OMG was it delicious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5wxY614qGE

Change Display Name: (stevie), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 09:28 (eleven months ago) link

i watched that with interest and i don't even like cooked greens

superdeep borehole (harbl), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:10 (eleven months ago) link

I often cook my noodles in lightly stock cube'd water

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:18 (eleven months ago) link

I recently made the best oven fries by soaking the potatoes in hot (not boiling) water for 10 min first, so I'm definitely going to try soaking the pasta before cooking it.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:43 (eleven months ago) link

these videos have way too much "having a laugh" in them now

plax (ico), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:17 (eleven months ago) link

omg just cook

plax (ico), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:17 (eleven months ago) link

you are right, that is the thing i don't like about them. they are the mom recipe blog of cooking instruction, except you can't just scroll through the lols.

superdeep borehole (harbl), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:55 (eleven months ago) link

I guess that's the BATK legacy

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:08 (eleven months ago) link

I often cook my noodles in lightly stock cube'd water

I've never tried it before, and NOM the results were OM NOM NOM (also, you can make a pasta bake from the leftovers with a little extra cheese and some breadcrumbs and that is fantastic also)

Change Display Name: (stevie), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:51 (eleven months ago) link

There's a printed recipe for these dishes in the blurbage in the YT video if watching Sohla have fun is noxious to you

Change Display Name: (stevie), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:52 (eleven months ago) link

Jacques Pepin would never do the "wacky" stuff.

I don't blame millennials for much, but I do blame them for wackifying otherwise perfectly good cooking videos

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:04 (eleven months ago) link

I do like Sohla, tho. It's not her, it is the editing.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:05 (eleven months ago) link

yeah it's not her at all, it's the need to make everything "cute" and "funny" when her technical skill and regular personality would be enough

superdeep borehole (harbl), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:13 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

of the new folks, I think Harold is quickly becoming my favorite.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Friday, 11 December 2020 04:13 (ten months ago) link

I’m half-watching Harold make General Tso’s chicken and just... why do people in this show keep using the term “slurry”? 😬 like i get the usefulness of the term but I’m definitely not the only person watching who thinks of this every time one of them says it.

scampish inquisition (gyac), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:01 (nine months ago) link

I know he's not BA but whenever I watch one of Matty Matheson's videos I have to switch off after a minute or so of really unfunny self-conscious weirdness and yelling and unpleasant, billowing ego.

Change Display Name: (stevie), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 19:50 (nine months ago) link

Sohla and Priya have a video in the newly-built NYT Cooking test kitchen...

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 22:37 (nine months ago) link

welcome to my mid twenties xp

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 December 2020 01:30 (nine months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksgkpdxPPy8

The NY Times is building a huge kitchen studio

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Thursday, 24 December 2020 19:18 (nine months ago) link

Guys I made a whole other thread for non-BA youtube cooking content but OK

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 24 December 2020 23:41 (nine months ago) link

#onetestkitchen

timber euros (seandalai), Friday, 25 December 2020 01:26 (nine months ago) link

Which thread Tombot because I would like to get in on that

Change Display Name: (stevie), Friday, 25 December 2020 20:58 (nine months ago) link

thanks!

Change Display Name: (stevie), Friday, 25 December 2020 23:53 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

LOL

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superdeep borehole (harbl), Sunday, 7 February 2021 23:03 (eight months ago) link

Jesus

Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 7 February 2021 23:29 (eight months ago) link

You're dead with Brad

Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 7 February 2021 23:34 (eight months ago) link

well that's monumentally stupid

call all destroyer, Sunday, 7 February 2021 23:44 (eight months ago) link

It's Botulism! with Brad

superdeep borehole (harbl), Monday, 8 February 2021 00:00 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I have this idea that I want to do a video series where a set of contestants "cover" a BA recipe, with the goal to do it as cheaply and deliciously as possible. handicaps (i.e. must be vegan, convenience stores only, etc) are handed out at random. whoever spends the most money loses even if they made the tastiest dish. penalties for using fancy kitchen implements. etc.

my q is: what would be the cheapest way to rig up 3-4 people with head mounted cameras kenji style, that would actually be watchable sound/video quality-wise?

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Sunday, 28 February 2021 06:39 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'm joining the New York Times Food desk! This is a dream job, one that I hope will not only allow me to tell great stories (and film more video!), but bring new voices into the fold at the Times. It's been...a year, and I'm feeling really grateful today.https://t.co/kTDAWToZVM

— Priya Krishna (@priyakrishna) March 24, 2021

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 14:16 (six months ago) link

Priya's cool, I love her vids.

anecdotal certainly but not nothing (stevie), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:53 (six months ago) link

https://www.grubstreet.com/2021/03/bon-appetit-test-kitchen-hbo-max-series-enjoy-your-meal.html

the link I followed made me think that Conde Nast/Bon Appetit itself was developing a workplace sitcom based on the Test Kitchen, the reality is less terrible

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 26 March 2021 16:02 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

I like this guy's wine videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqW_sMhA5-Y

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:13 (one month ago) link

He’s very good.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:33 (one month ago) link

yeah he’s good!
i watched a thing of his about wine labels & learned a lot

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:13 (one month ago) link


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