6 Ways to Cook Your Way Around the World

Traditional Japanese Cooking
Traditional Japanese Cooking


Currently grounded and suffering from a major bout of wanderlust? This curated list of the best online cooking classes and travel cooking channels will help you explore the world from the comfort of your kitchen.


There’s no need to pack your bags and spend hours in the departure lounge to get a taste of somewhere new. Enjoying a country’s cuisine is a favorite travel activity for many and one that’s still possible when traveling isn’t.

These top travel cooking shows, as well as hands-on online cooking classes lead you through cooking your favorite travel dishes from start to finish.


1. Try Old-Fashioned Pasta Making Classes with an Italian Nonna

84-year-old Nonna Nerina is the quintessential Italian home cook who has taken her fresh pasta making classes online for all to enjoy. You can’t get more authentic than learning from a regional home cook so if you have always wanted to visit Italy and like Italian flavors, you’ll love making her best family recipes such as butter and sage ravioli, cannelloni and gnocchi with pesto.

Where: nonnalive.com

How: Private and group classes are available to book

2. Learn the Art of Baking Sourdough from the Team at Bread Ahead

Situated in the heart of London’s bustling Borough Market artisan bakery Bread Ahead is famous for its delicious and nutritious breads. Launching the Bread Ahead Baking School and taking its popular baking workshops online, founder Matthew Jones and his team tutor students in the art of making doughnuts, sourdough, dense Nordic rye, and even gluten-free loaves too.

Don’t forget that if you’re packing up a picnic for a day trip or local hike, you can pack your sandwiches and snacks into a packing sac to keep them separate from the rest of the items in your day pack.

Where: Instagram Live @breadaheadbakery, and featured on Stories for 24 hours afterwards.

When: Daily

More class options: Book specific online cooking classes at breadahead.com

3. Give These Simple-to-Follow Japanese Recipes a Whirl

Noriko and Yuko of Japanese Cooking 101 share videos that showcase how to make Japanese food at home. With easy-to-follow video recipes using ingredients that are readily available in the store, their YouTube channel is a great resource for adventurous home chefs looking to switch up their mid-week meal plan and immerse themselves in Japanese culture.

Where: Japanese Cooking 101 on YouTube

When: Free video tutorials anytime

4. Have a Go at Authentic Moroccan Home-Cooking

Embark on a culinary journey with Khmisa and Kawtar, two Moroccan women passionate about cooking, and learn how to prepare a Moroccan tagine, sweet pastries, crepes, and breads. A hands-on class that feels more like an intimate cultural experience than a cookery lesson, the duo invite you into their kitchen and share the secret to authentic Moroccan cuisine.

Where: Book via Airbnb.com

When: Choose a class time that suits you

5. Master the Fundamentals of French Pastry

Cronut® (a croissant-doughnut hybrid) creator Dominique Ansel has been called the “world’s best pastry chef” and thanks to this online cooking class ideal for travel lovers, you can perfect the essential techniques needed to achieve perfect French pastries. Discover his precise methods, add classic recipes to your repertoire, and explore texture and flavor inspirations to achieve your own decadent desserts.

The best thing about making French pastries at home? There’s no need to squish them into your carry-on to savor once you’ve left France, simply devour whenever you feel like it!

Where? Book via Masterclass.com

When? On-demand video access with membership

6. Demystify Thai Cuisine with Easy-to-Follow Recipe Videos

Born and raised in Thailand and now living in Vancouver, Canada, professionally trained chef Pai’s YouTube channel is a culinary handbook covering all kinds of Thai dishes such as pad Thai, tom yum, massaman beef curry, and Thai banana pancakes. Pai posts new videos every Friday and updates her blog hot-thai-kitchen.com with her most popular recipes.

Where: Access free videos on Pailin’s Kitchen on YouTube

When: New videos posted every Friday

Loved cooking your way around the world? Host your own video-chat cook-off with friends and family and sit down to a virtual dinner party to catch up with those you can’t be with. You’ll almost feel like you're eating traditional Norwegian food, or that you’ve been transported to an Italian trattoria, or even a Thai street market!

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By Charli Moore on September 17, 2020

Charli Moore is an adventure enthusiast who has been location independent since 2011. A freelance writer she blogs about her adventurous travels at Wanderlusters, and has a penchant for adrenaline highs and crunchy peanut butter. Follow her on Instagram to feed your wanderlust.