Sunday, March 23, 2008

Men Who Cook


There are 40 vegan cooking-related blogs now in my RSS reader. Four of them are written by men. I've thought about this disparity in the past and I've been pondering it again recently. Now that I'm going to have a son I don't necessarily want him to be tied to stereotypical gender roles. Darlene does a lot of knitting and sewing and if our son wants to learn those skills I have no problem with that. I certainly want him to learn how to cook. So guys, let's set a good example for him and all the other little (and big) dudes out there. Here's my proposal:

All you female bloggers - convince the men in your lives to cook a meal, then post it on your blogs. For all the men who are already cooking, good on you - post something fun on your blog. When you post something, let me know in the comments here or in an e-mail. If you don't have a blog e-mail me a picture and description of what you've cooked.

Do this by next Sunday, March 30 and I'll compile all the responses here. Feel free to grab the graphic above and use it in your posts. Happy cooking!

34 comments:

bazu said...

I've thought about the disparity too! Why is it that most top chefs are men, but most home chefs are women? And especially in the vegan world? Well, on our blog, Daiku does at least 50% if not more of the cooking, so we'll contribute something to this challenge for sure!

Anonymous said...

My husband, Ken, made Kimchi and we posted the pictures on my foodblog. He did an absolute fantastic job at it! He's now make kimchi 4 times!

Jackie Vetter
http://foodblog.jkvetter.com
Search for kimchi

Jackie Vetter said...

Sorry, didn't mean to be anonymous above, clicked the wrong button.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Brilliant idea! We're in Europe at the moment, but I hope we'll be back in time to make a contribution for this.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I've thought about this a few times while reading your blog as well.... and in fact, initially i thought chris was short for christine! Anyhow, just proposed it to my husband and I think he is up for the challenge! Great idea :-) plus it gives me a night off cooking

Jan Scholl said...

my hubby was the oldest and only boy for 18 years with 7 sisters. He learned to sew. He left for college and his mom had another boy! 2nd boy did not learn to sew. 2nd boy was a spoiled brat.

to the anon lady who's hubby made kimchi-what kind and where are the photos? I love the kinds with turnips we get in Lansing. sweet and tangy.

Andréa N. said...

Great idea! My husband and I have been following your blog for a while - we love it! - and I've even created our own vegan blog (all in Portuguese, sorry!). It's called brazil nut. The address is:
http://brazilnut-nyc.blogspot.com
I'm Brazilian and my husband is American and we live in New York City. I just wanted to say that he is the one who cooks here and all recipes I post are made by him. I sometimes make appetizers, but that's it. :-)

pavotrouge said...

Funny, because all the vegan men I know IRL are awesome cooks! At our tiny PPK meetup last week, us girls only made some salad and pasta while the baked awesomeness came from veg_eric :)

Billy said...

I just made my famous vegan chocolate chip cookies. Here you go: http://vegtalk.blogspot.com/2008/03/mrs-fields-chocolate-chip-cookies-vegan.html

Tim said...

As a male knitter, I say - Rock On!
(Oh, and I love cooking too...)

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

i love this idea!

and yay! a boy! if you'd mentioned that previously i'd missed it.

soooo happy for you guys! can you believe how soon they'll be here?

Bianca said...

Oh man, I WISH I could convince my boyfriend to do this...but I'm sure whatever he'd cook up would be far, far from vegan. He's a steak-loving omni...sigh.

dana said...

It's shocking to sometimes consider how as a society we have progressed so far yet some of these gender roles linger on.
I happily do the cooking every night for my husband. However, this is out of functional practicality, not gender roles. I get home from work a half hour before he does. At our previous jobs, he got home well before me and had dinner waiting for me when I got home. He just interviewed for a job that would get him home an hour before me, which I must say excites me quite a bit :) We have become vegetarians since he was the main cook, so I'll have to show him a thing or two about tofu before then, which he won't mind learning at all. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am. Thanks for the reminder!

Jackie Vetter said...

The pictures of the kimchi can be found at http://foodblog.jkvetter.com/2008/01/25/kimchi/

We do have more recent pictures that I just put up on the blog.

Jackie V.
http://foodblog.jkvetter.com

mel said...

This is a great idea! I wrote a post about my boyfriend cooking a little while ago: http://veglicious.blogspot.com/2008/01/chef-shane.html

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Love the idea! I will have to keep my camera ready for my boyfriend's tomato sauce, the best pasta sauce ever! full of veggies!

Veg-in-Training said...

I love this idea!! I am going to run it past the BF tonight. He is really fantastic in the kitchen. I know this is a busy week for him, but I will try to get him to participate.

P.S. I started a blog today just for this, so I hope he goes for it.

springsandwells said...

Fun! I love this idea.

I think about this quite often. I'm always jealous when I hear of fellas who cook. Musty is not much of a cook. It's especially surprising to me, because he loves to eat. I'll see if I can talk him into participating!

I always notice the same thing Bazu mentioned - that so many of the famous chefs are men, but 99% of home cooks are women. Hm!

In general, I'm all for broadening beyond standardized gender roles. As human beings we should give ourselves the gift of unlimited options - recreationally, educationally, mentally, and emotionally. It makes for more sincere and interesting living. But of course, it's hard to do.

pleasantly plump vegan said...

i'm lucky to have a vegan husband who loves to cook and is very good at it! he also bakes!
he sometimes contributes to my blog.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Okay, John cooked tonight! The post is up on my blog...

Eat Halal said...

Vegans are dead..

sad stuff.,,,,

akahn said...

Hey, I tried to send you an email but I got an error. Anyhow, here are some flickr links to photos of nice food I've made:

http://flickr.com/photos/akahn/861653066/in/set-72157600929949705/
http://flickr.com/photos/akahn/1453316561/in/set-72157600929949705/
http://flickr.com/photos/akahn/1504693483/in/set-72157600929949705/
http://flickr.com/photos/akahn/2155804541/in/set-72157600929949705/
http://flickr.com/photos/akahn/2164312253/in/set-72157600929949705/

Which one do you like best?

Chris said...

Not sure what's up w/ the e-mail akahn - I just tried the links and they worked... At any rate all your photos are awesome ! I think I like the bread salad best.

akahn said...

Thanks, Chris. :) That is an incredibly delicious meal, more than the photo can convey. It's from The Vegan Mediterranean Kitchen, which I highly recommend. There is not a better use for local artisinal bread and delicious fresh organic local produce (looking forward to our CSA starting in a few months)!

April said...

My husband is the cook in our home as well! AND, he's an RN! A typically female profession! Let's hear it for the boys!!! BTW, our vanilla extract is coming along nicely!!

drew said...

hey! I cook!

I made these awesome pizzas: http://vegworcester.com/blog/2008/03/23/stone-soup-pizza-taste-off/

DJ said...

This is a great idea! But I think SVD might be a little nervous about the idea... Tough titty, say I, we'll let you know how we get on!

missblueberry said...

I am happy to say that my partner in crime is busy in the kitchen as I write this making me a vegan treat.

I want to contribute his great garlic pesto, which I posted on my blog already at:
http://vegancowgirl.blogspot.com/2008/03/tonights-dinner-was-perfect-solution-to.html

and last night's chocolate chip cookies were compliments of K as well - again, up on my blog - dated the 27th of March.

my spatula is high in the sky for men who cook! Hooray.

THOMAS 'Tom' CIZAUSKAS said...

Thanks for a wonderful blog! We had several things for Easter Brunch, but here's a simple and delicious Roasted Asparagus with Mock Hollandaise.

Alec said...

Very simple, but this is one of my favorite recipes out of Veganomicon: http://happeningsofalec.blogspot.com/2008/03/men-who-cook_30.html

SusanV said...

Chris, this is a great idea. My husband was going to participate and was thinking of what he would cook, but then we had an "emergency": I started having serious back trouble and he had to do all the cooking. It was all so rushed that he never made anything new (just recipes I'd already written about) or took photos, but he was in there every night cooking and cleaning up afterward. My hero!

So, I don't have anything you can link to, but I do plan to mention your challenge on my next blog post. Thanks for being such a good role model, not just to your son and others' sons but to our daughters, who will grow up seeing that real men know their way around a kitchen.

Chris said...

Thanks Susan - and I do hope you're feeling better!

Troy said...

My blog is written by a man (me):
http://veganrecipes-idahovegan.blogspot.com

Eve Love said...

a little late...
but just want to let you know my men can cook!
take a look on my blog.