Do you know the way to your own heart? Men who cook and write wanted.
It’s not exactly a newsflash: men eat, too. And while men are highly visible as professional chefs, and dominate commercial kitchens, when it comes to cooking up three square meals a day, the job typically falls to the woman of the house, if there is one.
Stereotypes don’t just fall out of the clear blue sky. In my own family, men traditionally did not cook or even know how to make the simplest dish for themselves. A man’s inability could even be a source of pride: “real men” didn’t cook; women cooked for them. According to television tropes, men are backyard grill savants, while screwing up pretty much any other culinary task that falls to them.
Of course, things are changing: a man who takes primary responsibility for the household cooking is not yet the norm, but is becoming common enough that those who can’t fix a simple meal might be regarded as pampered or stubbornly macho.
Who makes the food you eat? What do you know about feeding yourself and the ones you love and care for? What are the values you express through your cooking? How do you respond to cultural notions of “manly food” and “womanly food”? How do you believe the way you cook is influenced by your manhood? What do you want the next generation of men to know about food, cooking, eating, and their related concerns … in health, economy, service, gratitude, and languages of love?
Your submissions on the values of men who cook are currently being welcomed for an upcoming series, What Every Man Should Know About Cooking, on The Good Life. Send your article or essay (around 800-1200 words) to Justin Cascio at email@example.com by Saturday, June 8 for consideration. Please send your completed submissions in the body of an email, as a Google Doc, or attached plain text or Word document. Email Justin with any other questions, pitches, or outlines.
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