I adore my cookbook collection, but there are times when a picture – especially a moving one – is worth a minimum of a thousand words. This is where the instructional video comes in handy.
Instructional films have a long and storied history. I have vivid memories of the brief introduction to personal hygiene I was shown in the mid-seventies, which was at least thirty years old at the time. In it, we were informed that hair ought to be washed at least once every two weeks. I know this is true, because I recently found a copy and re-watched it for terrifying laughs.
But there are others that have advice that stands up better over time, and ones that aren’t meant to be taken seriously in the first place. I’d like to share one of each with you today.
The first was sent me by my brother the medieval historian, who enjoys spending many of his off-hours wandering the archives of YouTube for gems of forgotten wisdom. That’s how he found this charming – if rather stagy and slightly bizarre – PSA on cooking cabbage from 1941.
The second is more deliberately humorous. It’s an episode of Posh Nosh, in which The Hon. Simon and Minty Marchmont (Richard E. Grant and Arabella Weir) pompously teach us how to make leftovers from scratch.