Cooking Lessons from World War II (Video)


War-time Lessons on Efficient Cooking
Invisible cricket balls, thrifty grandmothers, and unbelievably spoiled and lazy young boys — there's nothing like a bit of 1940s nostalgia to get you in the sustainability mood. "Two Cooks and a Cabbage" is a war time public information film from the UK's Ministry of Food, and it's just one of the lessons we can learn from our grandparents.
We've said it before - if you're looking for no nonsense sustainability advice that anyone can apply, it's often worth looking back. Whether it is recession ready tips from the Great Depression , or lessons in sustainability from World War II, thrift, common sense and efficiency are as least as important as the gas mileage of the new Prius, or price trends in solar (PV) technology.

Nobody knows this better than Rob Hopkins over at Transition Culture, and we have him to thank for bringing "Two Cooks and a Cabbage" to our attention. The film is just one of many that are being shown as part of "Bombs at Teatime" — an exhibition of archive movies being presented by the British Film Institute. Check out Rob's post on the exhibition for lessons on head lice, tea making, and race relations in rural 1940s England. And for those who can't watch video online, here's what we learned about cabbage:

- Never boil it in too much water
- Always keep a lid on
- Save the cooking water for making gravy
- Never ask a boy to help, they're too busy making paper planes

And for those wanting to know what, besides cabbage, makes the founder of the Transition Towns movement tick, check out our interview with Rob Hopkins.

Tags: Cooking | Energy Efficiency | United Kingdom