National Men Make Dinner Day

Next Thursday, 7 November 2024

In 2023, National Men Make Dinner would fall on November 2nd as it is observed on the first Thursday of November every year. 

Although gender norms are now null and void, some men still believe that it is a woman's duty and they do not learn to cook which is a very necessary basic life skill. 

National Men Make Dinner Day is a fun little day created to encourage men who are still stuck with stereotypes to step into the kitchen and cook something for everyone. 

You never know, they might actually end up loving it because cooking is fun when done with interest and love. 

man cooking


National Men Make Dinner Day was established in 2001 by Sandy Sharkey and she states on her website that this day is not for those men who already feel comfortable in the kitchen and regularly cook meals for their family and friends.

But it is rather a day that encourages those who are not used to cooking or have never even chopped up some vegetables to step into the world of culinary fantasies. 

She does so by listing ten reasons for men to take part in this day, which include that the person who cooks dinner always has the attention of the family dog and can pick all the ingredients themselves.

She has also created a list of rules and NoNos for Men Make Dinner Day, that establish what is allowed and what isn't on this day. 

Some of the National Men Make Dinner rules include:

  • The Man must choose to participate on this day without asking for something in return.
  • The Man cooking must not have any help.
  • The Meal must have at least 4 ingredients and require more than one utensil to prepare. 
  • The Man must be the one shopping for these ingredients. 
  • The Man is in charge of setting the table and cleaning up. 

Men Make Dinner Day NoNos

  • Cotton candy
  • Take-out pizza
  • Left-overs from last night
  • Sandwiches
  • Anything barbecued

How to celebrate National Men Make Dinner Day

If you're a man, this is easy! Surprise your family by cooking them a meal. There are infinite possibilities for recipes on the internet. You can choose to cook something that is easy to make, or challenge yourself and make something trickier.

National Men Make Dinner Day
National Men Make Dinner Day

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