Ok, this list came to me while I was cooking. Actually, I was standing by the oven explaining to my son for the 18th time when dinner was going to be ready. Actually, at that moment I was trying to decide what would happen to the chicken if I was to crank the temp up to 5o0 F.
‘Why should men cook?’ I heard myself asking, to the rhythm of the knife on the cutting board.
Maybe you’ve got some good reasons you can share. Let me know. Here’s mine to get you started.
1. Pride I don’t know about you, but deep down, I refuse to done in by a dead raw chicken. My inclination when the smoke alarm goes off is to open some windows and gear up for round two. I said I was going to put dinner on the table, and dammit, I will. If it takes all blinking night.
2. It’s Sexy. Not to me. To her. That’s what most women say, check it yourself. Something about a guy serving her and her taste buds. Taking charge, showing some skill and moves. Or, maybe, being vulnerable enough to get in there and show her just how badly you really need her help.
3. Survival I often wonder how those TV survivor guys would do if they dropped from a chopper into a kitchen with an empty table and a roomful of hungry kids. Sure, you can open a can with your bare teeth, but can you get them to eat something you whip up in thirty from what you can scavenge from the back of the fridge? Arrrgh.
4. It’s Manly I don’t need to point out how many of the world’s top chefs, restaurant owners, food inventors, and TV cooking personalities are testosterone primed members of the y chromosome club. But you want to prove your masculine prowess? Toss a pizza in front of a crowd of third graders. And their mothers.
5. It’s Cheaper If you’re dating, or not any more you’re not, there’s no question your wallet will be fuller if she fills up at your place. And if it’s the whole family, then you could buy a small car with the bucks you save in a year not eating out. And if you know how to cook, you can turn out some fine eats with not expensive ingredients, so you don’t have to look as cheap as you really are.
6. She Needs a Break Men got lucky when women decided to work outside the home, because nobody told her she didn’t still have to put food on the table too. We just quietly minded our own business, let her make a career, and asked what was for dinner like nothing had changed. Well, it’s a sure bet, if you don’t man up and give her a hand once in a while, she’s going to figure that out, and then where will you be?
7. It’s Healthier Guys are immortal and bulletproof, so there’s not much reason to care about what we eat. It’s just a meal. Or two. Or in a few years, an open invitation to invest in pharmaceuticals and try out for the big money, as poster boy for the weight loss industry. What’s the difference between a box or bag of mystery ingredients and knowing what’s in your food? Time will tell.
8. Eat Something You Like Ever since your mom stopped delivering your favorite dish, just the way you liked it, you’ve had a hankering for it. Admit it. And come to think of it, there’s more than a few things you’d rather eat than what’s staring up at you from the plate. There’s one sure way to get the food you want.
9. Family As in, being a part of. Hard to do long distance, and nothing’s closer to home than the kitchen. Sooner or later, every member of the brood passes through it. And if you’re in there, you’ll be surprised what gets passed around over a snack or drink. Set an example. Everybody on the team pitches in, everybody feels like they belong. Including you. Especially you.
10. Make Memories When the years roll by, that’s all anybody’s got. Are you making any? The time you tried to deep fry a turkey. That one dish everybody remembers you did. The way you always tried to scrape off the burnt bits in the sink and thought nobody noticed. How proud they were to tell their friends about something you made.
Well, chicken’s done, gotta put it on the table. If you have some good reasons of your own, stop by the forum on my website and leave em, www.dadsinthekitchen.com.