The amount of time American fathers are in the kitchen today is at an all-time high. Dads now account for nearly one-third of the time the family spends cooking. In 1965 that figure was only 5 percent. Move over, June Cleaver!
Why do these men dice vegetables and sauté meat after a long day of work? Perhaps its because they like to eat well; home-cooked food is healthier than prepared food. Perhaps its because they like to save money; home-cooked food is cheaper than take-out. But most likely, its because they like to be happynumerous studies have documented that men who cook have highly rewarding romantic relationships with their spouses!
These are not stay-at-home dads: they are working fathers who, night after night, give new meaning to the idea of putting food on the table. Man with a Pan (Algonquin Books, May 2011) by John Donohue of the New Yorker introduces us to dozens of these men who fully embrace the apron. This short spoof video by Parent Earth shows how much relief dad can bring when he steps into the kitchen!