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Here’s a recipe for ambiguity: Cooking with dog. Could it literally mean, cooking a dog? How about cooking for canines? Or, is it some weird code for cooking fetishes somewhere on the deep Web? Lucky for us (and the dogs), “Cooking with Dog” is a YouTube show featuring a Japanese housewife, known only as “Chef,” and a toy poodle named “Francis,” who perches next to Chef and narrates her recipes in English.

Sounds silly — and the show’s title has led to confusion as well as complaints — but this simple format is a huge hit on YouTube: The channel has nearly 1 million subscribers and each video routinely clocks up hundreds of thousands of views.

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