We really, really love food. And we love other people who really, really love food. So we want to recommend some of our favorite foodistas, cause we think you’ll love them too.
NOTE: When it comes to foodistas, the dishes they make are important of course but it’s much more than that – it’s really all about personality and a shared obsession with food. Eat Healthy is pretty committed to the whole low-sodium, low-fat, sugar free, mainly vegetarian trip, so a lot of dishes our favorites make wouldn’t be a good fit with our menu. But no matter what they’re cooking, watching them is like being in the kitchen with someone you really like. And what could be better than that?
Whether or not you’re a fan of Korean food, Maangchi is absolutely a must-watch. Not only is she perky, petite, and almost surreally cute (no kidding, it’s like watching a porcelain doll), she’s fun, informative, relentlessly cheerful, and bursting with good humor. And to top it all off, she seems to be one helluva cook.
I have to confess that I’ve actually never even tasted authentic Korean food, let alone cooked it. The closest I’ve been to Korean Cuisine is watching Korean TV shows on DramaFever, and in fact it was an episode of one of them that led me to Maangchi. One of the characters (Junho in “Unstoppable High Kick”, to be precise) was obsessing about kimchi and when I Googled it to find out what it is, Maangchi came up. I’ve been a fan ever since.
Part of Maangchi’s charm, for me at least, is that she’s almost always either using an ingredient that I never heard of before, or using something in a way that I never imagined it being used. I feel relatively certain that even though I do like spicy foods (in my own little old lady way), most of what Maangchi cooks would blow the top of my head off. Nevertheless, it all looks fantastic.
I really am red hot to try this one, though – it’s all about wild green onions, and as it happens, our back yard is just wild onion central every spring! I didn’t find this recipe in time to take advantage of them this year, but next May I’m just all over it.
Maangchi has an outstanding YouTube channel with tons of videos and well-sorted playlists, but her website is also definitely well worth a visit. You’ll find written recipes for her dishes there, along with food photos, videos posted by her fans, a forum, and a whole lot more.