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When not accompanied by judges, time constraints, or raging grease fires, cooking is actually quite relaxing. Thereā€™s the rhythm of chopping, the soul-warming smells, and the simple joy of creation. Blame Emeril and his signature ā€œBAM!ā€ for that feeling failing to translate on TV, where chefs tend to prattle and crack catchphrases against saucy guitar licks or otherwise oppressive soundtracks.

But then thereā€™s Peaceful Kitchen, a YouTube channel out of Japan that strips away the excess. In lieu of hosts and dialogue, the videos emphasize the cooking process with close-ups and relevant text. Whatā€™s also pronounced are the organic sounds, such as the crinkle of chopped lettuce or whirr of nuts being pulverized in a blender. Some videos have accompanying music, but thereā€™s also a subsection devoted to ones without it. In both instances, the effect is both soothing and mouthwatering.

The channel is vegan, though it encompasses a multitude of dishes, from homemade kimchi to boiled dumplings and even ice cream. Thereā€™s even a DIY series showing how founder Ryoya Takashima built his own kitchen. Those videos, as you might imagine are, well, less peaceful.

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