Why We Love This Cooking Video!

Back when she lived in NYC, Jill Santopietro made wonderful, inspiring videos about cooking in her tiny (very tiny!) kitchen. Now she's in the Bay Area and working for Chow.com. We love her new Cooks from Books video series and in particular, this latest installment where she cooks from David Tanis' Heart of the Artichoke. Read on for our reasons why.In a perfect world, this is how all instructional cooking shows would be: full of the real challenges that an everyday cook would encounter when confronted with a new recipe. Here are seven reasons why we love this video.

  • She's cooking in a real kitchen (her home kitchen!) with a regular, everyday stove.
  • Like most home cooks, she uses a timer.
  • She shows what it's really like to follow a recipe and what to do when you're not familiar with an ingredient.
  • She points out where the recipe is lacking (assuming everyone has a scale, in this case).
  • She shows how to recover gracefully from a mistake.
  • She shows how to make decisions when the recipe is vague or unclear.
  • She shows that you can not be sure about something (in this case, time and temperature) but to go ahead and do it anyway.

We hope Ms. Santopietro continues with these fun and informative videos!

Related: Chez Panisse Chef David Tanis Talks Dinner Parties

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.

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