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Man with a Pan Paperback – May 17, 2011
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inspire comfort for the man who cooks while his baby bangs on the pots and pans.”―Kirkus Reviews
their families in a newly satisfying way. Mario Batali explains it perfectly: ‘The best reason to cook,
besides its being delicious and good for you, is that it will automatically make you look good. You’ll
look like a hero every day.’ It’s a wonder, in fact, that we let women in the kitchen at all.”―Saveur
multi-author work devoted to modern fathers everywhere…Readers won’t have any trouble
recognizing which pieces came from professional writers and which from stock-exchange gents, but
they will hungrily anticipate each man-with-a-pan’s “signature dish,” placed at the end of his chapter,
along with a recipe and a list of some of his favorite cookery books.”―Booklist
About the Author
John Donohue, an editor at the New Yorker, has been passionate about food all his life. He worked at a retail fish market when he was in college and was a short-order cook after graduation. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. He blogs about the cooking he does for his family at www.stayatstovedad.com.
Top Customer Reviews
edited by John Donohue
This is a great gift for upcoming Father's Day or any man's/boy's birthday:
Humorous, touching, quirky, and comforting, Man With a Pan is a satisfying collection of twenty-one famous authors' and cooks' stories of their own cooking adventures for their families. Throw in Mario Batali and season well with some spicy Stephen King and you have a great simmering pot of literary and culinary "tales of fathers who cook for their families."
I truly enjoyed reading tales of woe and tales of human kindness. From Sean Wilsey, living in NYC when the World Trade Center was hit on 9/11, he says, "the first thing I did was boil a pot of pasta. I made ravioli at ten thirty in the morning....and began to grasp what was happening." Pasta, it seems, helps in a crisis, even one as huge as that horrific event in American history. Each father/cook shares his favorite recipes and what's on his culinary bookshelf as well. Foodies will be sure to devour their stories and want to try their hand at some of the recipes. An interesting recipe that sounds delicious from Wilsey is "Pistachio Pesto" which I wouldn't even consider a pesto since there's no basil. He substitutes Bottarga di muggine which is gray mullet roe available on the web or in Italian specialty stores.
From Daniel Moultroup, recipes include an easy recipe for pickles and how to can fresh tomato sauce; from Christopher Little--a delicious sounding Low Country Boil featuring sausage, crawfish, shrimp and beer. Stephen King gives directions on the proper care of cooking an omelet with only a few expletives and how to prepare fish in the microwave, yes...Read more ›
You could eat this book up in delightful snack sized bits or in four course meal style. These short essays are written by men who cook for their families; how they started to cook, why they like to cook, plus the troubles and tribulations of cooking for kids. It can really be read as an anthropology lesson on what it meant to become a man after the first wave of feminism in the 60's. The fact that this book was made at all is a testament to how men in the kitchen is still seen as gender-bending. But, thankfully, you see the generational differences in norms from the various men's stories; The older writers were likelier to talk about how their fathers never even entered the kitchen, while the younger ones often write that they learned to cook from their fathers. The men discovered they could 'find themselves' in the kitchen. They also discovered that they could make the lovers in their lives happy by taking on some of the chores in the house.Read more ›
If the purpose of this book is to prove that dads who cook are more likely to indulge their kids' tastes than dads who don't, that's one thing. But if it's intended to represent the emerging trend of fathers taking on more household responsibilities as moms work longer hours outside the home it's just a little too rarified to be true.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my husband and it is sitting on the shelf collecting dust. Waste of money. Very disappointed.Published on March 29, 2014 by Jeanette K. Kozak
Each chapter features a different author telling their unique story of becoming a man with a pan. Great read for young and old cooks.Published on January 13, 2014 by Glen D Lang
I gave this book to my son for Christmas and he likes it a lot. He does a lot of the cooking for his family and is very good at it. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Bet
This is a really great idea.I got one of these for my sons and now when I get home from work, I will be the one to ask "What's for dinner?" Easy tasty meals.Published on May 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Supplying proof to the accusation that Leftism is a religion, editor John Donohue, like a faithful priest of his godless religion, has twisted what any reasonable person would... Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Suppresst
I'm loving these culinary comedy cookbooks these days. I also just read Get in the Kitchen Bit@hes and Get Back in the Kitchen Bit@hes, all these books show the authors love... Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by chicagotiger