Shelley is a 32-year-old single, doctoral student and admits that the way to her heart is through her stomach. A perfect date for Shelley is not a fancy meal in an expensive restaurant, but rather it is when he cooks dinner for her. “Creating a dinner takes a lot of work, so it shows kindness, thoughtfulness, and advance planning. It's easy to make a restaurant reservation, but cooking a meal screams out intimacy to me," claims Shelley. “If a guy made me dinner, especially earlier on in our relationship, I would be significantly more likely to go out with him again.”
Enter Dan Churchill, a cook, contestant on MasterChef Australia, and the author of Dude Food: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food. Churchill wrote this cookbook after continually getting requests from his guy friends to share his recipes. “My mates began realizing how much their girlfriends and mums love the fact that I can cook. They wanted to learn how to cook so that they could impress them,” claims Churchill. “It is required reading for guys who always wanted to cook but don’t know where to start.”
Churchill’s goal for the book is to educate, motivate, and inspire an intimidated male audience, who often don’t know the difference between a fry pan and sauce pan. The cookbook contains simple, healthy, and delicious recipes as well as simple kitchen tips and tricks that teach men how to stock their pantry and easily whip together a dinner for themselves and others. The recipes have a short list of identifiable ingredients that even a novice cook would understand.
Interestingly, it appears that more men are getting out of their man caves and venturing into the kitchen. According to a study in Nutrition Journal, the proportion of U.S. males who are now regularly cooking has increased almost 30 percent since the 1960s. During the same time, the number of women doing the cooking declined by about the same percentage.
Churchill will be at Northeastern University on April 27 for a free cooking demonstration. I may mosey on over there on that day to get a copy of the cookbook for my single son living in New York City and dating a lovely woman. It can’t hurt.
Are you a male who likes to cook? Ladies, do you enjoy having a meal cooked for you? Please comment.
Be well, Joan
Photos from Dude Food.
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