I’ll be honest here—one of my secret vices is foodie literature. I’ve devoured them all: Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Ruth Reichel’s Tender at The Bone, Bill Buford’s Heat, Amanda Hesser’s Cooking for Mr. Latte. There’s something about reading other people’s adventures with food—the cleaving, the cooking, the cleaning—that mystifies and entrances me. Perhaps that’s why I have a stack of Gourmet magazines tucked away in the cupboard, while in reality, I can cook a total of about eight to ten good dishes.
Today, John Donohue’s extraordinary anthology Man With A Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers who Cook for their Families is on sale and I, for one, am recommending this to every person I know. Donohue has gathered an impressive collection of original essays from some of today’s hottest writers and chefs: Mark Bittman, Jim Harrison, Mario Batali, Mark Kurlanksy, Stephen King, and Thomas Beller, to name just a few. Complete with hilarious New Yorker cartoons and loaded with recipes (Double-Crispy Roast Chicken, Herbed New Potatoes, Peanut Butter Soup, Lone Star State of Mind Chili, Mexican Chocolate Pie) that are easy and fun to follow, this book is one I plan to turn to time and time again.
The national media response for Man with a Pan has been nothing short of spectacular: coverage includes features and excerpts in the New York Times (3 different pieces!), Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Gourmet, Saveur, Playboy, Reader’s Digest, and more!
In honor of Donohue’s publication, we’re giving away three copies of the book. To enter, just leave a comment below or on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite cooking memory.
For more John Donohue, be sure to check out his awesome blog, Stay at Stove Dad, which chronicles his daily adventures cooking for his family. And don’t miss the hilarious Man with a Pan video trailer, created in conjunction with the amazing crew at ParentEarth.
Praise for Man With a Pan:
“Throughout the book, what comes across strongest is the authors’ love for the joy of providing for 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
“It’s high time someone gave voice to the army of men at the stove. John Donohue does so brilliantly by marshaling an A-list of writers who share riveting tales of culinary love and war.”—Amanda Hesser, author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook
“Never before have so many men cooked so often and so proudly, not to say loudly. Now, all the comedy, the absurdity, the virtue, the undue pride and the sheer simple pleasure of men doing what was once women’s work is placed between covers in this lovely anthology of appetite.”—Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon
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