National Men Make Dinner Day – November 1, 2019

Fri Nov 1

What is National Men Make Dinner Day?

Here at National Today, we are all about empowerment, in whatever form it takes that’s especially true on November 1 for National Men Make Dinner Day! So if you identify as a man then throw on an apron, sharpen those knife skills, and create incredible evening meals for yourself, your friends, or your familyDespite gender roles becoming less rigid in America, there are still many men who are not taught to cook and don’t take the initiative or confidence to enter to the kitchen and create a meal for themselves or a loved one. This day is all about giving men the strength to get in there and whip up something nice!

History

Humans started cooking, roughly, about 500,000 years ago. Regardless of whether they were man, women, or child, we’ve been cooking our food for quite some time now and many scholars actually believe this practice could go back to even 1 million years ago. 
 
But, just because it’s National Men Make Dinner Day doesn’t mean you have to go all out for a five course steak dinner. A large, healthy salad can perfectly feed a family of four for dinner. Additionally, the idea that any single gender was responsible for creating the meals is a fairly recent development that’s quickly become antiquated in modern society. Five-hundred thousand years ago it didn’t matter who made dinner as long as someone did. 
 
Now, it’s time for any and all men to step their game up and get back to their prehistoric roots by sharpening their cooking skills as much as their often left unused chef knives. 

National Men Make Dinner Day timeline

1920s

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. 

1492

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. 

1845

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. 

1938

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. 

National Men Make Dinner Day FAQs

Is today National Men Make Dinner Day?

It sure is if it’s November 1st!
 

What should I make on National Men Make Dinner Day?

Whatever you want! The world is your oyster, so feel free to shuck a half dozen if that’s what you want for dinner tonight. 
 

What should I do on National Men Make Dinner Day?

Well, if you identify as a man, then you should make dinner!
 

National Men Make Dinner Day Activities

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

National Men Make Dinner Day dates
YearDateDay
2019November 1Friday
2020November 1Sunday
2021November 1Monday
2022November 1Tuesday
2023November 1Wednesday