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I love pressing my face against the window pane at dumpling joints where you can watch the professional dough handlers at work. The combination of the everyday alchemy of food plus the sure hands of a professional is hypnotic. The seemingly magical properties of gluten and dough can keep me entertained for ages, but so can the quick kitchen grace of someone like Jacques Pépin, who makes daunting pro-chef techniques look easy. Check out these 8 mesmerizing food videos. Then tell us: what food videos do you love to watch? Leave a comment and let us know.
Jacques Pépin Galantine
This is the ultimate Pépin clip, in which he totally debones a chicken and forms a galantine in less than 10 minutes. (He probably could have shaved three minutes off if he weren't spending so much time explaining the details to the viewers.) Check out the bonus chicken "lollipop" technique at 0:50.