Binging With Babish (sometimes abbreviated to BWB) is a YouTube-based cooking show hosted by food enthusiast and hobbyist chef Andrew "OliverBabish" Rea. Each episode sees Andrew attempting to accurately replicate a food and/or recipe that appears in either a film or a TV show, using descriptions from the movie or show combined with his own culinary knowledge. If the food in question doesn't work, ends up being inedible, or could otherwise be improved upon, he then attempts to create a better version. Some episodes cover multiple dishes from one piece of media, or showcase variations of a food from different works, such as the "Cocktail Special" episode.
The show debuted in February 2016, and after hitting 100 thousand subscribers in January 2017, it quickly exploded in popularity, making it all the way to 1 million subscribers in less than five months. The channel hit the 3 million subscriber mark in August 2018 and is still growing.
The show also became affiliated with other major cooking channels, such as You Suck At Cooking and First We Feast, and did several collaborations with other channels, like Cocktail Chemistry and Bon Appétit magazine's It's Alive! with Brad [Leone].
In October 2017 he released a cookbook, Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers, containing recipes he's done on the show (and some he hasn't).
On October 12, 2017, Andrew launched a subseries, Basics with Babish, to help people who are just starting cooking.
On March 19, 2019, Andrew announced a series by the name of Being with Babish, featuring he and his friend/collaborator Sawyer visiting/helping fans (with It's Alive!'s Vincent "Vinny" Cross as cameraman). It launched on March 22nd.
Also, for full, detailed versions of the recipes from each of the episodes, please see the the Binging With Babish website.
Compare to How To Drink, which is like if Binging with Babish specialized in Mixed Drinks.
Binging With Babish has the following tropes:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Numerous examples:
At this point, you can keep these fries frozen for up to three months, so you can have fresh fries whenever you fancy. But for now, I want fries in my face forthwith.
- Episode 61 (The Wire) stands out.
- April Fools:
- He makes "traditional Japanese donuts" from the English dub of Pokémon for his April 1st, 2019 episode. (He makes actual riceballs the next day.)
- In the video he released on March 31st, 2020, he creates the Imaginary Pie from Hook by using an imaginary set of ingredients and creation process of the pie. The pie only turns real once it has been completely made. He shows the actual creation process afterward, while also showing the imaginary footage in the corner, and making sure to make the same goofs and mistakes to mimic the footage perfectly.note
- Alliterative Title: Binging With Babish. Sometimes abbreviated to BWB.
- Author Appeal: Frasier.
- For a while the opening theme of the series was "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs".
- During the episode on il timpano from Big Night, he mentions that he watched the show for six hours while cooking.
- A special on it after co-star John Mahoney died was made.
- In one episode, he gets into an argument with his cameraman if Daphne or Roz is hotter.
- He sometimes uses the show's episodes as units of measure for cooking times.
- Awesome, but Impractical:
- With some ingredients, such as puff pastry in the first episode he did on Mad Men, Andrew finds that as cool as it might be to make them homemade, the process is so time-consuming that it would be much easier to just pick them up at a store.
- Similarly, Andrew bluntly points out in "Szechuan Sauce Revisited" that you could just go and buy Chicken McNuggets instead of making them at home.
- Most of the Movie Theater Popcorn & Raisinets from Whiplash episode ends up this, with Andrew making chocolate covered raisins and cranberries. However, he makes them with Dark Chocolate (which he prefers), painstakingly coating each individually. The results turn out not to work when mixed with the popcorn as the Dark Chocolate clashes with the buttery flavor of the popcorn, making the store bought chocolate raisins (covered in Milk Chocolate) a better choice.
- In the "Lemon Pepper Wet from Atlanta'', he makes his own Lemon Pepper seasoning, while admitting from up front that it's a waste of time and effort and that the viewer should just buy readily available commercial Lemon Pepper seasoning.
- Again with Créme de la Créme á la Edgar he pretty much tells the viewer to just go out and buy some damn Ritz crackers.
- Bubble Bass' memetic order at the Krusty Krab ends up becoming a Dagwood Sandwich, borderline impossible to stack up properly since it's less of a burger and more of the line of something Shaggy and Scooby would try to create.
- He makes homemade "instant" Macaroni and Cheese from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Badass Baritone: He's known for having a deep, soothing voice that helpfully complements his videos.
- Badass Beard:
- A coal-black one which, according to the 1 Million Subscriber Special, he puts a lot of work into:Let's answer some viewer mail. adarsh asks: "What is the secret to growing a beard as glorious as yours?" Well, adarsh, it's two things, really: genetics, which thankfully, I have on my side — not up here but down here; and, regular trimming, shampooing, conditioning, oiling, and brushing.
- His friend and former roommate, Rashid, sports a pretty impressive one, too.
- His brother proves to have an equally impressive one (in the Being With Babish episode "Giving My Brother a Tesla")
- A coal-black one which, according to the 1 Million Subscriber Special, he puts a lot of work into:
- Andrew makes a point of saying that he's not going to use real blood in the Game of Thrones blood pie... before admitting that yes, he is, in fact, doing so (pig's blood, to be exact).
- In "The Moistmaker", Andrew starts off by claiming he will use store-bought processed ingredients to make the titular sandwich before admitting he's just fucking with the viewers. He then proceeds to make cranberry sauce and stuffing from scratch and cooks a fresh turkey which he then hand-carves in order to make the sandwich.
- Does this twice in "Instant Macaroni and Cheese".The only way to make truly shelf-stable cheese product is to freeze-dry your cheese, but home freeze dryers start at about $2000, so it'd be crazy for me to order one, right? Anyway it'll be here in about 2 weeks.
The only way to make this more gourmet is to make the pasta from scratch, but that'd be crazy, right? Anyway we want to make the right kind of pasta dough for extrusion.
- Beat: Played straight in the Pasta Aglio e Olio episode when he fails to peel garlic with the Tupperware method.Babish: You have perfectly peeled... oh, that didn't really work, did it?
[grabs scotch from pantry]
Babish: I-I guess we're gonna peel these by hand, so get your tools ready...
[pours a stiff one]
Babish: ...and get to peeling.
Babish: Be sure to use your scotch as necessary.
Babish: But seriously, do you like it?
- Also from The Perfect Bite, when asking his girlfriend Jess about the duck carbonara he made for her:
Jess: Seriously, I love it. Plus, dude, you made duck bacon. Definitely a member of the clean Jess club.
- Broke the Rating Scale:
- The Peep Show rum, water, lettuce, vinegar and salt cocktail is the first accurate show cocktail recipe Babish has done that he flat out stated there was no making it good.
- Likewise, breakfast dessert pasta is the first accurate movie recipe that Andrew doesn't even attempt to improve. The video ends with him forcing down one bite before switching to regular pasta to wash the taste out.
- For laughs, it's one of the recipes he did include in his recipe book "Eat What You Watch". The blurb at the top of the recipe advises against making it.
- The car panini was so disgusting that Babish had no idea how to make it better.
- Buffy Speak: Sometimes Andrew doesn't know or forgets the proper name for an item or cooking technique and just describes it.
- "Let those flavors get to know each other."
- "Let's get down to basics" for Basics With Babish.
- "We can do better" whenever he's going to improve upon a recipe that doesn't work in real life, such as the Chocolate Salty Balls or Moonwaffles.
- "Scrape up all that good stuff off the bottom of the pot..."
- "I feel like I'm saying 'type of food' a lot," usually followed by him attempting to give it a different name that fails quickly.
- Chewing the Scenery: At the end of Caprese Salad episode, Andrew pretends to audition for the role of Joseph Joestar by going full ham and belting out his over-the-top reactionsAndrew: OH NOOOOOOOOOO!! OH MY GOOOOOOOOODDDD!!!!
- Cluster F-Bomb:
- He lets out one of these after accidentally cutting himself by using a mandolin without a hand-guard. Quite fitting, considering the episode covered the foods of South Park.
- Happens again during an episode of Being with Babish after he tries to sneak a taste of brewing whiskey by sticking his finger directly into a boiling vat of the stuff.
- Happens as a reference to the famous "Corn Baller" running gag in the Arrested Development episode.
- Comically Missing the Point: In the "Brock's Donuts" episode, he spends the majority of the video seemingly very sure that the food item depicted was a genuine jelly-filled donut (rather than a clumsy Cultural Translation) and working out a reasonable method of constructing a donut that would look like that. At the end he admits it was an April Fools' Day video and he'll make onigiri for real in the next episode.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Andrew himself is a skilled cook, but he invokes this for the sake of accuracy and/or humor towards a disgusting dish, such as the Elf dessert pasta or Homer's Moon Waffles. He'll then try to make an appetizing version of the dish.
- Peter Griffin's car panini ended up leaving a mess in his car and was too vile to take a second bite. He tried recreating it in the kitchen, but the combinations of Reese's chocolate, Cadbury Creme eggs, and Doritos still proved too much to stomach.
- The Every Meat Burrito was made by gathering 18 different exotic meats including alligator, rattlesnake, kangaroo, and even bull testicles. He literally couldn't swallow a bite because most of the meats need to be properly cooked for hours on end to bring out their flavor or textures. He attempted to remake it by only using various types of Mexican-style pork, and ended up making an even larger burrito that was quite delicious.
- Crack Is Cheaper:
- In the $5 Shake episode, Andrew decides to make the "world's most expensive milkshake"note , ultimately producing a shake that Andrew estimates would retail for around $200note .
- Dagwood Sandwich: Bubble Bass' order was a twenty-four patty patty melt, which Andrew diligently made over the course of six hours.
- Also, Jake's "Perfect Sandwich", which in Babish's version contained a steak and a whole Cornish game-hen, among other things.
- Deadpan Snarker: Andrew, though his humor is more on the deadpan side than outright snark.
- Defictionalization: The premise of the show is recreating dishes seen in entertainment media, and some of these dishes are wholly fictional.
- Does Not Like Spam: Andrew does NOT like cilantro, which he once even called "the Devil's lettuce". The times a recipe calls for cilantro, he'll still use it for the sake of accuracy but make a point of mentioning his dislike of it. note In his Basics video for Chicken Tikka Masala, he mentions his dislike of cilantro as an "affliction", which means he seems to be aware of the genetic condition.
- Doing It for the Art:
- Kevin's famous chili, Andrew decides to go the extra mile (because as he states, he's all about accuracy and faithfulness to the source material) and serve it appropriately: spilled onto a carpet. A "low-quality poly fiber carpet", like you would see in an office, to be exact. After making
- The Death Sandwich isn't anything to sneeze at (it's a fair amount of meat), but it isn't going to kill you if you eat it wrong. To fulfill the idea of a potentially lethal meal, Andrew enlists the help of Chef Masaharu Morimoto to add fugu to the sandwich, a fish that will absolutely kill you if it isn't prepared properly.
- While in New Orleans, Babish and Rashid went out of their way to put in the time and energy to do a shot-for-shot remake of Homer's food tour of New Orleans.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The torso and hands of Andrew's friend and then-roommate, Rashid, first appear in the thirteenth episode (Fish Tacos from I Love You, Man), ten months before we ever see his face or hear his voice.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode (Parks and Rec burger cook off) was made before Andrew ever intended to make a series, only existing as a test of food lighting. It is missing the usual intro, and Andrew doesn't take the same effort, as usual, to keep his face off camera.
- Epic Fail
- When making Eggs in a Nest, Andrew managed to screw up the bread-making process 5 times before deciding to measure by weight instead of volume and got it right the first time.
- The "Pizza from Deadpool" episode has him beginning the process of placing the pizza dough onto the oiled countertop... only to realize once it's on the counter that he forgot an important step... Specifically, said oiling.
- He makes homemade ladyfingers and custard for Superbad's tiramisu and fully assembles it, only to realize once he picks it up that he assembled the cake tray wrong and the whole thing just falls out the bottom onto the floor.
- Excuse Plot: Some of the simpler television dishes are used as an excuse to make homemade versions of the ingredients. For example, the bagel sandwiches from Steven Universe means he gets to make his own bagels, as the sandwich is mundane otherwise.
- The Faceless:
- Andrew deliberately keeps his face out of frame in order to keep the focus on the cooking while he narrates in voiceover. For the first two years, this was occasionally subverted in short, incidental moments when preparing the food or in involuntary reactions to particularly bad tastes.
- Directly averted in his 1 million subscriber special, where he revealed his face to thank the viewers and give a tour of his apartment. He began showing his face a little more often thereafter, such as for the 2 million sub special, where he answers some fan questions while driving out of town to go shopping for exotic meats, and the Hot Pepper Challenge made to honor his late friend Garmt who had recently passed from ALS; his roommate Rashid also shows his face for the first time in the latter. The Garbage Plate episode is a rare non-special with both Andrew and Rashid on-camera to show how much better homemade pasta salad is than store-bought.
- Also averted on Basics with Babish; Andrew gives a brief on-camera introduction to each episode.
- Food Porn: But of course. A common example occurs whenever Andrew makes a sandwich or burger and slices it in half to show the cross-section.
- Cheesy food should always show a good cheese stretch.
- Foreshadowing: Coupled with Spot the Thread; in the tiramisu episode, when Andrew is filling up his springform pan, you can clearly see the latch on it is backwards.
- Fun with Subtitles: During the Squid Ink Spaghetti episode, the subtitles write the name of the dish's most-used kitchen tool as "『stand』mixer".
- Gone Horribly Wrong:
- The first attempt at making "Homer Simpson's Patented Space Age Out-Of-This-World Moon Waffles", by following Homer's method exactlynote , resulted in Andrew's waffle iron becoming completely wrecked due to burnt caramelnote , and Andrew's mouth being burned in the process when attempting to eat it. The episode ends with Andrew attempting to chisel the now-solidified caramel off the waffle iron before giving up and buying a replacement.
- Twice in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode:
- Downplayed: attempting to cut back on the number of times he says "roast" in the Chateaubriand Steak episode almost immediately backfires when he settles on calling the roast he's working on "Julio".
- Downplayed: Andrew forgot to oil the countertop before scraping his pizza dough onto it in "Pizza from Deadpool", and as such has to pry the sticky mass off the counter and his hand in order to quickly remedy it.
- Similarly, right as he's pouring the cheesecake filling into the springform pan in "Pies from Waitress", he immediately realizes he forgot to butter down the sides. Cue him pouring the filling back into the bowl and doing so.
- The tiramisu from Superbad went perfectly... up until it was time to put the springform pan in the fridge. Which is when Andrew learned the hard way it was upside down.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: In his Basics for Millionaire's Short Bread, he calls dibs on "Chocolate Temper."
- Honor Before Reason: Even though he admits that pre-shredded cheese would have worked fine for the first re-imagining of the Pizza Ball, he still grates "just a whole sh*t-ton" of mozzarella by hand, because...Andrew: ...No way, dude. Not in my house.
- I Like My X Like I Like My Y: When making the gravy for the Moistmaker sandwich from Friends, Andrew quips, "I like my gravy like I like my women — thin and rich." He then apologizes for it.
- Jump Scare: Played for Laughs in the Basics With Babish: Grilling episode. Andrew is having trouble operating various types of grilling units, so Shannon from Ace Hardware poofs up behind him out of nowhere in a puff of smoke and gives him multiple jumps. He expects her to show up by the third time, but she still gets him.Andrew: Oh my god, Shannon! You are haunting me with helpfulness!
- The Klutz: The Double-glazed Apple Fritters begins with Andrew fumbling an apple out of his hands and onto the floor. He admits that he doesn't have much in the way of hand-eye coordination for catching objects thrown at him, but is a total pro when it comes to peeling an apple skin in one solid strand. The video ends with footage of him trying over and over again to catch the apple that he tosses into the air, with very little success.
- Lemony Narrator: Andrew's silky smooth voice and slightly offbeat humor are half the reason to watch the show.
- Long List: The Every-Meat Burrito. It includes chicken, beef, pork, lobster, shrimp, fish, duck, lamb, turkey, bison, cornish game hen, goose, pheasant, quail, rabbit, squab, venison, boar, alligator, antelope, caribou, elk, ostrich, turtle, rattlesnake, and kangaroo. Plus bacon. And bull testicles.
- Loophole Abuse:
- Because of the fact that "Eggs in a Nest" has been featured in several different shows and movies, people in the comments congratulated him for finally doing a Frasier episode.note
- The episode concerning cannolis from The Godfather. Keep in mind that said cannolis were not actually shown, and were only mentioned, in said film; Andrew just wanted an excuse to make cannolis. (That being said, "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." is one of the most classic lines from the film.)
- Andrew also used the mere mention of a garbage plate in The Place Beyond the Pines as an excuse to make the Rochester classic.
- Also a mere mention was Jim Gaffigan's Cinnabon routine, which Andrew openly admitted was an excuse to make homemade cinnamon rolls.
- He uses Jon Stewart's notorious rant about Chicago Deep Dish pizza from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as an excuse to try making it.
- Malicious Misnaming: Andrew hates cilantro and has referred to it as the Devils lettuce, as well as "chopped green soap.
- Masochist's Meal: Andrew always taste-tests his replications of fictional dishes, even if common sense dictates that said dishes should be unpalatable at best if prepared as the medium indicates, which Andrew does to the best of his ability.
- Metaphorgotten: in "The Secret Ingredient Soup from Kung Fu Panda", Andrew goes through the laborious process of his first attempt at making lamian (Chinese-style pulled noodles) by hand—a process that about 3 hours of constant kneading, stretching, and folding that Andrew did for the sake of showing how it's done.Andrew: About the only advice I can offer you is just don't give up. Sure, anyone can go to their local Asian grocer and get fresh noodles that are arguably better than what you can make yourself, and it would be cheap, and it would be easy, and it would be convenient, and it wouldn't physically exhaust you, but I.. I can't quite remember what my point was here.
- Mundane Made Awesome: For the Giant Pancakes from Uncle Buck, he found that he was unable to make pancakes (which, according to the movie, were flipped with a snow shovel) of the size that would have "the John Candy seal of approval", even with the help of Dan Souza of America's Test Kitchen. His solution? Use a robot arm from the Autodesk robot labs (whose lab is below the Test Kitchen studios) to flip the pancakes.
- Deconstructed with the "ram don" noodles from Parasite, which are cheap noodles topped with incredibly expensive gourmet beef. Babish goes into the social implications of this dish and how it cleverly highlights the financial disparity in the movie, but dismissing the dish itself (as originally described, anyway) as a grotesque flaunting of wealth.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction:
Babish: I couldn't get any actual flavor, but it felt like I had just put cleaning supplies in my mouth or something.
- Andrew pointedly decides there is no way to make the rum, water, lettuce, vinegar, and salt cocktail drinkable.
- Rashid's reaction to store bought pasta salad in a blind taste test for the Garbage Plate episode.
- Even with a loss of sense of taste and smell caused by what could be COVID-19note , he could tell that Kenan & Kel's Cold Cure was absolutely hideous, and he visibly showed disgust on camera.
- Nutritional Nightmare: It kind of comes with the territory. Plenty of the examples on that page have been attempted, with varying degrees of success, including Moon Waffles.
- Obligatory Joke: During the Cocktail Special, Andrew shows the very brief recipe for sweet vermouth, rocks, with a twist... which he then repeats (although he cuts it off near the end, apologizing for the joke).
- The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: As the original faithful recreation of the "Ultimeatum" demonstrated, the entire concept was just a terrible idea. Except for the Himalayan ketchup, which he absolutely adored (no small feat, since he usually heaps scorn upon homemade ketchup for being very time-consuming but never significantly improving upon the stuff in the bottle).
- Precision F-Strike: Dropped in its uncensored glory in an outtake after the contents drop from the ring mold in the tiramisu episode.
- A Rare Sentence:
- During the Krabby Patty Supreme episode:Babish: While that heats up, its time to batter our burger. Words I never thought I say.
- And then again a little later:Babish: And then its time to double batter our burger. Something I really never thought I say.
- During the Krabby Patty Supreme episode:
- Reality Ensues:
- By following the Ultimeatum recipe exactly, you get an over-bloated, greasy mess that contains a way past Well-Done double-cooked beef patty in the center that's basically shoe leather at that point. It will have some very nice ketchup on it, though.
- The Cocktail special sees Andrew down six cocktails... which necessitated an epilogue segment where he tried to remedy his hangover.
- Barney's Hangover Fixer Elixir does not fix Andrew's hangover; it actually winds up making him throw up. Not to mention the fact that, since he once went into anaphylactic shock because he ate a banana, he had to have an EpiPen on the ready just in case.
- The Every-Meat Burrito is gag-inducingly awful because different meats require different cooking methods and prep times. It only tasting like chicken like it does on the show would be a massive improvement.
- Rachel's trifle, contrary to Joey's opinion, does not taste good, and contrary to Ross' opinion, does not even taste like feet. The combination of jam, meat, and custard is awful.
- Following Jake's instructions on making the Perfect Sandwich, which includes a lot of fillings (including a whole steak), results in a sandwich that is far too big to actually bite normally (no problem for Jake given his stretching abilities). Andrew has to cut it into slices and roll it into a log to eat it. It was still an apparently good sandwich however.
- Likewise, a workaround was needed for both the "bird from the window" step (as that would've meant, in Andrew's case, using a New York City pigeon—better known as a sky ratnote ), and the "lobster soul" step (which Andrew decided upon making a lobster aioli). Also, using the blowtorch to toast the bread didn't produce favorable results.
- The Car Panini, as made in an actual car, was dangerous to make, impossible to make fully accurately because Creme Egg goo doesn't spill out like the contents of a real egg would, and a structural disaster that was barely stable enough to eat or even remove from the press. Even if it were practical to make, the end result would have been no less nauseating than it turned out, since you're mixing vienna sausages and Doritos with Creme Egg goo and Reese's peanut butter cups.
- In a rather roundabout way, the 2019 April Fools Day episode showcases exactly how a jelly filled donut could resemble onigiri .
- As one can guess, Ralph Wiggum's Crayon Sandwich was inherently unappetizing when made with actual crayons (which Andrew did for Good Mythical Morning). When made with colored cheese (on the third BWB Simpsons episode), it looked bizarre but tasted delicious.
- Not even a loss of sense of taste and smell from a possible COVID-19 infectionnote could make the Cold Cure palatable; without being able to taste any flavor, he just felt a sensation in his mouth he compared to cleaning supplies.
- Real Men Cook: Andrew's a more mature, masculine guy than his job description would indicate.
- Running Gag: Andrew's deliberate and varied mispronunciations of "Worcestershire", whenever the sauce is used. His pronunciation of "saucepan" (closer to "saucep'n") has also become a gag, especially as he extends the pronunciation to other kitchen pans (e.g. "fryingp'n").
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Invoked whenever Andrew decides to improve upon a given food item.
- Since the "World's Greatest Sandwich" is just a BLT with cheese and a fried egg, Andrew decided go through the time and effort to make homemade bread in order for the video to have more content.
- Similarly, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-inspired sandwich is quite simple, so a significant portion of the episode is devoted to making homemade ciabatta bread for the sandwich.
- "Eggs in a Nest" once again sees Andrew go through the extra mile to make bread from scratch, except here he decides to make a loaf by weight of ingredients following five "dud loafs" made by volume of ingredients. It's worth mentioning he's doing this while on vacation in Vermont.
- Before McDonalds came out and rereleased it, Andrew decided to make "Szechuan Sauce" from scratch based on what he thought it would taste like. When it was re-released, he got his hands on a sample and the recipe and attempted to make an exact replica.
- Since, based on appearance, the Big Kahuna burger looks like just a regular cheeseburger, Andrew decided to go the extra mile and (after making that burger) make what he thinks a Hawaiian-style burger would be like.
- In a similar vein, he improves on the Krabby Patty by adding more ingredients to increase its savoriness and assembles it in what he considers the proper order.
- After making the Ultimeatum, Andrew decides to improve upon it with more flavor variety (meaning more meats and no buns soaked in burger juice).
- While making an actually palatable version of the Every-Meat Burrito was out of the question, Andrew made an Every-Pork Burrito based on several Mexican pork dishes/products (plus bacon) that was actually tasty and even larger in size than the Every Meat.
- Andrew improved on Rachel's trifle with the result being not awful, though still not great.
- Similarly, improving on Beet and Acorn Cookies resulted in cookies which were not disgusting but still inferior to pretty much any other kind of cookie.
- The Cheesy Blaster was simple enough that he made it twice, with the second attempt using a better pepperoni pizza. He then made a third one in the form of a calzone from scratch.
- Averted with the Car Panini; after making it more structured with the second attempt, Andrew suddenly felt stumped over how to make the sandwich somewhat palatable, so he has turned the challenge over to the viewers, with the winner's recipe being featured in the three-million subscriber special.
- The three-day potato salad was easy enough on the first go, as Babish noted that the potato salad shown appeared to be the standard form of potato salad (with the only real difference being Babish pickling his potatoes in order to achieve the "three day" prep caveat). But then Andrew noticed that pickling the potatoes didn't really make a difference taste-wise, so he kept trying alternative variations of potato salad until he achieved a noticeable difference. However, what he ultimately did to accomplish that was to just make french fries instead.
- The bacon & eggs dish from Howl's Moving Castle sees Andrew try to make the episode much more interesting by making his own homemade seasoned, cured and smoked thick bacon from scratch.
- For the secret ingredient noodle soup from Kung Fu Panda, Andrew attempts to make genuine Chinese lamian (hand-pulled noodles), and learns firsthand why it takes decades to master that skill. He then shows his audience how to get close-enough results by running the dough through a pasta maker attachment (which basically makes the noodles the same as fresh Japanese-style ramen,note though it's not far off from the daoxiaomian or knife-cut noodles served in Lanzhou-style lamian houses).
- Since the $5 shake was just a regular vanilla milkshake, Andrew decided to use Vincent's sticker shock over the price as a baseline for figuring out just how expensive he can make a milkshake be. It's also worth mentioning that Andrew decided to factor in inflation with thisnote .
- Because Tonio's caprese salad is mainly a tomato and mozzarella, Babish uses it to finally home make cheese.
- Since the "World's Greatest Sandwich" is just a BLT with cheese and a fried egg, Andrew decided go through the time and effort to make homemade bread in order for the video to have more content.
- Serious Business: Andrew considers the "garbage plate" to be this, due to it being the signature dish of his hometown of Rochester, NY.
- The title is a reference to Oliver Babish from The West Wing, which is Rea's Reddit handle.
- Andrew is also fond of quoting the "you are the [x] of your [food-that-rhymes-withor-otherwise-puns-on-x]" joke favored by Chef John of Food Wishes.
- He's also very fond of shouting out YouTube ration reviewer Steve 1989 MRE Info. He has used Steve's catchphrase "Let's get this out on a tray... Nice! Mmmkay" several times and shouted him out by name in one episode.
- His 5 Million subscriber special features a shot-for-shot remake of Homer's Food Porn montage/rampage of eating through all of New Orlean's dozens of unique dishes from The Simpsons episode "Lisa Gets The Blues", including mimicking the exact body language, positioning, and eating methods that Homer applies to every dish. The video goes into extreme detail the absurd amount of research and planning into finding out exactly where each dish could be found, including mapping out a travel route just to reach the restaurants. They thought they would be the first people to actually recreate the scene, but discovered that they were beaten out by just 3 days earlier.
- Shown Their Work: Andrew mentioned in an interview that he has never been to culinary school or even worked in a professional kitchen before, and that all his recipes are compiled from his knowledge as a home cook and online research.
- Sick Episode: He recorded the Cold Cure episode while he was sick with an unidentified illness. He mentions the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, but reports of loss of smell and taste being a possible symptomnote were only being released on the same day that he uploaded the video. He also mentions in the comments that he and Jess had been sick for 7 days so far, and his doctor recommended not getting tested unless he was hospitalized.
- Simple, yet Awesome: The Lover's Delight Sundae episode ends with Andrew comparing the expensive, decadent, and time-consuming Lover's Delight Sundae with Liz's idea of decadent sweetness: a chocolate covered doughnut microwaved for fifteen seconds. Andrew clearly enjoys the doughnut very much.
- Slow Motion: Occasionally used for neat effects, like showing an alcohol-based fireball in the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Special".
- Something Completely Different: The Car Panini is given a Doug Score rating, beating out the Yugo GV on the weekend score. Doug summed it up in the comment below.Doug DeMuro: Folks, let that sink in for a second. The Yugo GV was beaten out in the weekend score... by a SANDWICH. A SANDWICH.
- So Okay, It's Average: Andrews opinion of Kopi Luwak coffee. He claims that, while its good enough to not need any cream or sugar, theres nothing especially extraordinary about it to justify the $100 price tag or the homework you'd have to do to avoid unwittingly rewarding animal cruelty by buying farmed beans.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Shannon, the Ace Hardware representative who teaches Andrew how to use two different types of outdoor grills in the Grilling Basics With Babish episode, scares the heck out of Andrew by randomly appearing, then disappearing with a puff of smoke.
- The Stoner: Freely admits to some of his weirder creations being the result of "Jazz Cigarettes".
- Squick: Invoked. Some recipes, such as the chocolate cake from Matilda, involve the use of human bodily fluids (sweat and blood in this case), which Andrew does include for accuracy.
- Supreme Chef: Andrew is a skilled chef who has been cooking since he was a kid. When the dish comes out good, he and the occasional guest love it.
- The Stinger: Some episodes end with a short, usually amusing clip from the cooking process with the raw audio left in.
- The Stoic: Andrew's narration, while having a dose of humor, is rather even-keeled.
- Tempting Fate: In using the mandolin without using a handguard in the "South Park" special:
- Take That!:
- Andrew bluntly states that putting lettuce between the patty and the cheese is a terrible idea.
- Not only does Andrew flat out state that the "Car Panini" was a horrible sandwich, but during the Doug Score section of the video, Andrew gives it a Weekend Score of 15 out of 50, and a Doug Score of 28 out of 100.
- The Cool Factor is given a 3, not only because of Family Guy not being as funny as it was in its first four seasons, but because Andrew states that the episode in particular where the sandwich comes from is only noteworthy "for its lack of 'manatee jokes'".
- Not only that, but as Doug DeMuro himself stated in the comments, the sandwich barely managed to beat out the Yugo GV in the Weekend Score.
- Downplayed: when citing the beer breakfast from The Wire, he labels it as coming from "the kind-of inferior Season 2".
- Take That, Audience!: As Andrew declares in "The Wire Special", if the viewer were to cook their pit beef any more well done than how Andrew did it, they would be "incorrect".
- The Tell: Andrew acknowledges that when he really enjoys a dish, his hand starts shaking up and down.
- Throw It In!:
- Invoked. Many examples of flubs (dropped food, injuries) or unrehearsed reactions to the food (whether good or bad) appear in the series, and Andrew occasionally comments on them. Expect any dropping or fumbling to be narrated with a "whoops" as if it was in real time even though the narration is recorded separately from filming.
- Implied in "Rum French Toast": it appeared that Andrew stumbled over his intro due to Don Draper's delayed response in the clip he was using.Sally: Is it bad?Andrew: Hey, what's up, g-Don: Not really.Andrew: Hey, what's up, guys?
- Unfazed Everyman: Invoked by Andrew in the Two Million Subscriber Special. One butcher shop employee helps him find two dozen unusual types of meat, then rings up the sale (a total bill of slightly under six hundred dollars) without blinking.That guy was a stone cold pro. He didn't even bat an eye.
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Due to the tiramisu episode being sponsored by Philips Espresso, this gave Andrew the excuse to pepper in his own homemade commercials throughout the video, which only proved to be greatly beneficial when the springform pan fell open when he was moving it to the fridge.