Interweb Cookery: Robert Rodriguez's Video Cooking School

I don’t have a TV, so I rely on the internet for whenever I want to indulge in a cooking show fix. There’s a lot of great stuff out there, which I hope to share with you in the coming weeks. We’ll be starting with two of my favorites from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez: "Puerco Pibil" and "Sin City Breakfast Tacos".

These two 6 minute videos were developed for the DVD versions of his films Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Sin City. Rodriguez’s style is sexy, edgy and playful, in a tough-guy kind of way. He actually manages to give some real instruction among all those crazy camera angles and cool sound effects. You'll learn how to make your own tortillas, for example, or how to grind your own spices. And of course, there’s the set up for his famous (and accurate) comment on cooking: ‘Not knowing how to cook is like not knowing how to...’

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.