What is National Men Make Dinner Day?
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Cooking Goes Modern
In the 1920s, scientific innovations helped progress how we cook and the accessibility of food. Canned foods, cafeterias, fast food restaurants, and refrigeration techniques were all developed here.
Columbus Sails into Food History
Through the "Columbian Exchange" foods from the New World and the Old World were exchanged and recipes forever changed based on the new trade routes. Spices from the Americas were easily shipped to Europe, livestock from Europe found its way into American food items.
Modern Cookery for Your Humble Abode
In 1845, "Modern Cookery for Private Families" was published, which was one of the first cookbooks aimed at the home chef rather than the professional one. While there has been evidence of recipes being catalogued all the way back to the Romans, what we call a "cookbook" now wasn't really around until the Victorian era.
Non-Stick Sticks Around
Non-stick pans wouldn't be commercially available today until the invention of Teflon (or PTFE), done accidentally by Roy Plunkett for DuPont. Without PTFE, we wouldn't have non-stick pans. Without non-stick pans, learning how to cook would be a lot harder than it needs to be.
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If you're a man, cook dinner
If you're a man who doesn't think of himself as a cook, today is a great day to get started. Look up a favorite recipe, break open a cookbook, or call your mom to ask her what you should cook for your foray. Already a seasoned cook? Great! Use the day as an opportunity to use your skills instead of ordering takeout.
If you're a woman, find a man to cook dinner for you
We don't believe in the battle of the sexes, but for National Men Make Dinner Day, we are in favor of women kicking up their feet. If you're your household's regular cook, take the opportunity to encourage any men in the house to cook dinner for you. No men around? Takeout is a great option — pick a restaurant with a man on the line!
Teach a child to cook
For parents, today is a great opportunity to start teaching your children, especially your sons, to help cook. Dads, get your sons chopping, mixing, and washing. Moms, you're doing takeout, so you can start tomorrow.
Why We Love National Men Make Dinner Day
Everyone should know how to cook
Cooking a meal for yourself or for others is deeply satisfying and feels great. Lots of people, especially men, aren't encouraged to learn how to cook, and that can make them feel useless in the kitchen. This day is all about putting aside that stigma, and encouraging everyone to get in the kitchen.
Making dinner is a nice thing to do
Regardless of your culinary skills, preparing a meal for your friends or family is a real kindness. Whether you go gourmet or keep it simple with pasta and a canned sauce, your loved ones will be thankful!
It's a great time to reevaluate gender norms
Just weeks before Thanksgiving, this holiday comes at the perfect time to remind many men that a woman's place isn't necessarily in the kitchen — and a man's place certainly can be! Many families have a tradition of men watching football while women cook, but this day reminds all of us that gender shouldn't dictate who cooks!
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