Great Debate

Tasty Videos: Gross or nifty


Classic recipes should be kept as they are: passed down with care from grandmothers, measured out with practiced intuition and filling bellies with evident love and traditional care.

Recipes shared on Tasty videos, however, would make any grandmother flip a table and cut off their grandchildren’s inheritances.

If you want food to taste good, less is more. America is already famous for supersized everything and industrially packaged food. Luckily, we’ve moved beyond fried twinkies and have now started applying the same rules to other cultures’ traditional recipes.

If you feel sickened by this video, I guarantee that’s how people whose cultural dishes are being demolished feel too.

An example of this is Tasty’s “Spaghetti Pie Recipe”, whereby innocent spaghetti noodles are cooked three times over. It’s clear that the author of the recipe went grocery shopping with every Italian ingredient under the sun and thought mixing it all together would make magic, like their unicorn cake recipe.

Tell me, if you mixed apple pie, pancakes and cheeseburgers together in one recipe, would you feel content?

Underneath this video are comments from Italians such as: “Please cure yourself. Use internet in a good way: find out how to really cook pasta and leave this s— for your dogs. Please,” and, “Why you have to break spaghetti???? What is your problem?” and “Shame!!!”

We can modernize the recipes but retaining their historic core is basic respect. If we’re to improve our quality of food, using fresh and simple ingredients is a good starting point. Complex imitations using canned food is a no-no, loves.

Not everyone can be as talented as I whilst cooking Italian food (I set my sauce ablaze during my final, leaving a black hole in the ceiling as a momento of my talent) but at least I didn’t return home and call mac and cheese mixed with pizza “Italian.” Good God, Tasty!

In punto, let’s not commemorate America’s obsession with consumerism, appropriation and industrialized food, please and thank you.

— Lara Bockenstedt, Op/Ed Editor

Show me someone who has never laid around, watching Tasty video after Tasty video, and I’ll show you a liar (I’m looking at you, Lara).

That was a bit harsh. How about I whip up some no-bake dark chocolate covered peanut butter balls to make you feel better, or maybe some chocolate fudge ice cream cake.

The truth is, as a college student, I don’t have time to search for a recipe online or consult a cookbook. The only cookbook any self-respecting college student should own is “Cooking with Beer,” if you ask me.

If I’m going to take the time to cook, the recipe needs to surprise me, invade my life when I least expect it and be so visually appealing I can’t look away (even though it may be 1 a.m. and way past my dinner time).

Tasty does just that. I’ll be scrolling down my Facebook news feed and suddenly; spinach artichoke dip onion rings that I can learn to make in 58 seconds. Now that’s innovative.

Is my family going to disown me for bringing stuffing bites, courtesy of Tasty, to the table this Thanksgiving? Absolutely not. They are going to congratulate me for my proficiency and creativity in the kitchen. They may even ask me to bring the dish again next year.

When it comes to cooking, some of us are not born with a whisk in our hand. I don’t know how to blanch, shuck or emulsify anything. However, I do know how to watch a video and follow along enough to create something edible.

Tasty inspires culinary genius in the weakest of chefs, reminds mothers their children can survive on their own and gives procrastinators a purpose.

What more can we really ask for in this topsy-turvy world but a few good eats?

Anne Sandell, Chief Copy Editor