More Fathers in the Kitchen, Please


photo: The Guardian

Happy Father’s Day!

Dads have come a long way in the last two generations. Where in the 1950′s, most men were no more than weekend dads, today it is generally expected of males to share the burden of homemaking and rearing the young.

Perhaps we have not reached parity yet, but in many families children are growing not necessarily knowing that mommy does laundry and daddy mows the lawn exclusively. One zone in the house where a bias is still evident though, is the kitchen. Otherwise we would see many more grocery/food commercials aimed at men.

The funny thing is that if you take a look at lists of of the world’s top chefs, they are inhabited by more men than women. Obviously testosterone is not an impediment to fixing dinner for a family of four. So let’s see more fathers in the kitchen please.

If you are a dad and like to cook, share your story in the comments below.

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  • Yvette

    I couldn’t agree more.  Sometimes I think women are worse off in this day and age.  In my mum’s era, they just were at home.  Now, we’re expected to work, take care of kids, cook etc.

  • Ljsm

    I… Have no idea… I’m 9 years old so I don’t know what the heck I’m doing here besides checking out random food products.

  • carol

    Cooking as a full-time job (and hours are often longer than that) is very physically demanding — probably one of the reasons more professional chefs are men (that and they tend to have bigger egos, and are more competitive, so they get the top spots/salaries — same as in many professions). “Non-professional” cooking (i.e., at home) is considered less macho, so guys are less interested in putting in the effort. IMHO

  • Flamingoes

    I guess my parents were more progressive than most back in the day.  They were foodies.  Both of them worked.  Together, they cooked meals for us, canned or pickled whatever was in season, made homemade root beer, jams and jellies, Sauerkraut, Sauerbraten, etc.  They’d watch James Beard or Julia Child on TV, run out to various shops for the needed ingredients and equipment, and we’d devour those dishes for dinner.  International cuisine was a normal occurrence in our home.  Thank you, Mom & Dad!  Rest in peace.

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  • EVIL food scientist

    I do all the cooking in my house (for a family of 5) and the vast majority of the items I prepare are from scratch.  I also have a small orchard and fruit garden (pears, apples, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes) and have a vegetable garden that I plant every year (tomatoes, peppers, cukes, peas, beans, corn, other stuff and various herbs both annual and perennial).
    I also do a bit of hunting and provide various meat products for the family (rabbit, squirrel, deer, upland game birds). 
    I can food, I freeze food, we eat things when they are “in season” and fresh, and all that jazz.
    I’ve cooked since I was teeny and my mother and father cooked and had a big (like 1+ acre) garden every year. For father’s day, I got a nice new grill (stainless steel Weber Summit with sideburner)
    I’m a food scientist at a medium sized manufacturing company.  Food is what I’m doing about 80% of the time I’m awake.

  • Musabi

    My dad did 95% of the cooking in our household. My mom is actually a (very slightly) better cook but my dad got home at 4pm and my mom at 6pm so it just makes sense!