Let’s face it: there are lots of female perspectives on food and cooking out there on the interwebs. The majority of food bloggers and readers we know are women, including the author or every guest post in our Healthy & Whole series. In the traditional gender roles, women have dominated the kitchen at home and men the professional food industry. But today, gender roles are becoming increasingly blurred: men can be fabulous home cooks just as women can be prestigious professional chefs! So, in an effort to provide a bit of diversity, we’d like to highlight some men passionate about cooking at home. And since half of A Couple Cooks is male, we decided to start out with a Q + A with Alex.
So, how does it feel being interviewed by your wife?
I kind of like it! Am I allowed to flirt with you in between questions?
Ha! No. OK, what originally inspired you to start cooking? Were you always interested?
I’ve always enjoyed the idea of cooking. Even in my college days, I would attempt to make a decent pot of pasta for my roommates between runs to Taco Bell. It wasn’t until after I was married that I really got interested in home cooking as a hobby. I’ve always been an artist at heart, and making a meal out of the random ingredients in the fridge definitely fills that creative need for me.
Seems like most men we know are less interested in healthy eating until spurred on by a girlfriend or wife. Why do you think that is?
Unhealthy food is tasty, easily accessible, and constantly advertised in our faces. It’s really a cultural thing — less pressure for men to meet an ideal body image so we eat foods that will end up hurting us. It’s a shame really, since it doesn’t seem very masculine to die young from heart disease and diabetes ;).
On a different note, healthier foods usual get a bad rap for lack of interesting flavor and / or boldness. There are plenty of recipes out there that I think can interest any guy, we just need introduced to them. Romaine lettuce is a lot more interesting when it’s thrown on a grill than when it’s served in a bowl with out-of-season tomatoes and tasteless low-fat salad dressing.
What would you say to a guy out there who wants to start eating a whole foods diet and doesn’t know where to start?
I’d say start today. A lot of men I know really enjoying building something with their own hands — a meal is no different than a construction project. Take a look at some blogs or a cookbook and get to it! Every meal doesn’t have to include meat either. I like a good hamburger or steak as much as the next guy, but find that I appreciate the flavors meat can bring to a meal a lot more when I haven’t had any for a month. Plus, what’s manlier than eating a whole can of black beans?
If your comfort zone is in front of the grill, there’s no reason you can’t explore whole foods there either! Vegetable fajitas and grilled potato fries are some of my all time favorites.
Healthy & Whole Series
What We Eat
On Food and Guilt
On Food and Judgement
From Inspiration to Recipe
On Food and Money
All Things in Moderation
Emotionally Healthy Eating