Review: Man With A Pan by John Donohue
Man with A Pan is a collection of essays by guys who share my passion: cooking for their families. Not just one or two showy meals, not just grilling while the wife makes the rest of the meal in the kitchen. They find satisfaction in cooking every day. Some are writers (including some of my favorite food authors, like Michael Ruhlman, Mark Bittman, Mark Kurlansky, and Paul Greenberg), most do something else for a living. They all love to cook.
This book felt like walking into a room full of old friends. Every essay had a note that resonated. From the satisfaction of feeding your family, the pride of well-honed kitchen skills, to the frustration of kids who only appreciate hot dogs and chips. These guys are my tribe: men who decided to be the primary cook in their house. They came to that place from a variety of starting points, but they all want to be in the kitchen when dinnertime rolls around. I loved reading their stories, learning about their triumphs and tribulations.
*John is an artist and writer for the New Yorker. Which leads to my other reason for loving this book – the essays are separated by cartoons about men and cooking. Of course, it has the one that inspired me to learn how to cook, not just follow recipes.
[Update: Our winner, as chosen by Random.org, is commenter #7, Patrick Smith. Patrick, please email me with your contact information no later than Wednesday, June 22nd. Congratulations!]
In honor of Father’s day, we’re giving away a copy of Man With A Pan!
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment in this giveaway post on my blog, telling us about a man in your life who cooks. (if that’s you, even better!)
The Fine Print:One entry per person, and please make sure there is some way I can get in touch with you through the comment. (In other words…no anonymous comments, unless you identify yourself in the text of the comment.) The comment has to be in this post on DadCooksDinner.com; emails, entries on my Facebook page, and messages sent by semaphore will not be considered for the drawing. Only entries from North America will be accepted (since I’m paying the shipping).
Entries will be closed at 9PM EST on Sunday, June 19th, 2011. I will randomly select the winner at that point. The winner will be announced Sunday. If I am unable to contact the winner by Wednesday the 22nd, I will pick a new winner. Good luck!
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