TikTok recipes are a pain to follow, but a joy to watch

Mashable 03 May 2020 02:22

Internet of Yum digs into all the things that make us drool while we're checking our feeds. 

The joy of cooking is flourishing on TikTok. 

A few months ago, I stumbled upon a mesmerizing video of a TikTok creator using an immersion blender in a simmering pot of soup. It was approximately 3 a.m. and in a bout of insomnia, I ended up scrolling through TikTok's endless For You Page. Among the absurdist skits and choreographed dances, the one video I actually watched all the way through was about making soup. 

When I finished the minute-long video, I scrolled on and eventually went to sleep. Although I couldn't find that exact video again — TikTok users can't access their viewing history — a few days later, it inspired me to look up recipes for butternut squash soup for me to make. I unearthed the immersion blender that I hadn't used since I moved more than a year prior and got to work. 

Since I started engaging with culinary content, TikTok's algorithm has been adding more cooking videos to my For You Page. I've learned to make smashed potatoes, bread chicken for Japanese katsu, and even temper chocolate. But with their rapid narration, quick editing, and minute-long time limit, TikTok recipes are nearly impossible to follow. Instead, I use them as inspiration to search for written versions of the recipes later. 

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