Cartoonist and New Yorker editor Donohue celebrates dads who cook with a delightful compendium of essays, recipes, cartoons, and interviews. Noting that American fathers "now account for nearly a third of the time a family spends cooking," Donohue—himself a cooking dad—checks how this trend is working out by soliciting a variety of personal perspectives. Among them are such professional voices as Mario Batali and cookbook author Mark Bittman. Not surprisingly, many of the contributors are writers, such as Stephen King, Jim Harrison, Mohammed Naseehu Ali, and Wesley Stace. Under the heading, "In the Trenches," Donohue explores the routines of other average guys: a Brooklyn fireman, a software engineer, and a father of two in New Orleans. And while few are clueless in the kitchen, it is their wit, devotion, and candor that inspire. For example, in "Who the Man?" Jesse Green writes about being the noncook in a two-dad household suddenly faced with kitchen duty; and Matt Greenberg creates a screenplay explaining how to grill. Less a production but equally intriguing is what men cook: gumbo, fish tacos, roast chicken. (May)
Inspirational, heartwarming tales of fathers in the kitchen…An engaging collection that should inspire comfort for the man who cooks while his baby bangs on the pots and pans.”Kirkus Reviews
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
"This well-organized compilation breaks free from its tidy package with adaptable, exciting recipes like Beer-Can Chicken, Peanut Butter Soup, Carbonara de Zucchine, and Mexican Chocolate Pie. It trades stereotypes for truisms and is all the more authentic for it. Highly recommended."Library Journal
It’s a really great rhyme, so what’s not to love? This isn’t one of those best-of collections filled with essays that have already been anthologized to death, but an intimate sprinkling of bites and bits put together by John Donohue a New Yorker editor, who says that he does almost all the cooking for his family.”—The Daily Beast
Man With a Pan: New Yorker editor John Donahoe offers this collection of essays—and yes, a few recipes—in which notable personalities from author Stephen King to chef Mario Batali open up about their foibles and triumphs in the kitchen. If nothing else, it reinforces the idea that learning how to make meals for loved ones is a wonderful way to provide for one’s family.”—The Smithsonian (online)
Fathers from chef Mario Batali to novelist Stephen King offer up tips for putting supper on the table.”—USA Today
The book is a clever mixture of food stories from a variety of guys - including Stephen King (with a recipe for Pretty Good Cake, and no one dies) and Bittman himself.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
Thirty-four writers share their kitchen war stories and their recipes in this delightful anthology, perfect for any dad who's had to whip up a weekday supper.”—Newsday
For the thinking man/chef, Man with a Pan is an honest collection of essays and recipes by fathers who cook.”—Daily Candy
[A] delightful story collection by men whose professions (may) involve a lot of writing and who all love to cook.”—Epicurious
Culinary anecdotes and stories from foodie fathers like chef Mario Batali.”—Entertainment Weekly
Donohue cleverly peppers the text with funny, sophisticated cartoons, making Man with a Pan uniquely smart and also very useful. A must-have for kitchen-friendly dads, this volume should reap rewards down the road for family appetites everywhere.”—BookPage
A rangy, toothsome, timely…collection of essays by kitchen dads…Man With a Pan contains essays (and recipes) by marquee names including Stephen King — isn’t it time he set a scary novel in a Hardee’s? — and Mario Batali. But the best pieces here, the line-caught beauties, are by people you’ve probably barely heard of.”—New York Times
Essays [that] are always entertaining... Man with a Pan can be enjoyed for its culinary essays, its recipes, or its cartoons, but taken as a whole is one of the food books of the year.”—Largehearted Boy
An entertaining look at the widening world of dads-in-the-kitchen.”—Wall Street Journal
It has long been quietly suspected among men that most books (and TV shows and movies) purportedly "by men, for men" are actually for women. Against this grain, Donohue, a cartoonist and an editor at The New Yorker, has collected some 30 narratives crafted by men (for men) to uncover not the generalized conventions de rigueur (forced guy talk, "what makes them tick" dissection, or dreadful "bromantic" "MALEapropisms"), but insightful and funny histories of cooking (and life) lessons learned. Stephen King, Mario Batali, Mark Bittman, and Wesley Stace join other writers and chefs (as well as firemen, lawyers, financial experts, and stay-at-home dads) in pieces that are free of cliché, poetic when appropriate, and unapologetically direct about serious matters (e.g., in instructions for a quick tomato sauce, don't use "shitty tomatoes"). Each essay is followed with author-penned recipes and a reader's advisory-like "On the Shelf" listing of cookbook recommendations. VERDICT This well-organized compilation breaks free from its tidy package with adaptable, exciting recipes like Beer-Can Chicken, Peanut Butter Soup, Carbonara de Zucchine, and Mexican Chocolate Pie. It trades stereotypes for truisms and is all the more authentic for it. Highly recommended.—Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti District Lib., MI
Inspirational, heartwarming tales of fathers in the kitchen.
Society may still dwell on gender and assign male or female roles to family tasks, but gender roles are changing, and this compilation of stories reflects that metamorphosis. Donohue, a cartoonist and editor at the New Yorker, asked 21 other fathers of varying backgrounds to share their cooking adventures, go-to cookbooks and favorite recipes, ranging from Grilled Burgers with Herb Butter to Afrikaner staple Vegetarian Bobotie. Like most collections, the quality of the writing varies. Readers may tire of tale after tale of kitchen mishaps, but the best pieces are surprising and enlightening. Highlights include Jim Harrison's"Chef English Major," a fantastic riff on food and cooking in America, which takes chefs to task for overuse of rosemary, and Stephen King's "On Cooking," an essay on how he learned the ins and outs of the kitchen after his wife lost her sense of taste and smell. There's romance here, too. Ghanaian writer and musician Mohammed Naseehu Ali tells of how cooking helped to heal his father's heart in "The Way to a Man's Heart." Matt Greenberg's "The Ribbing,"written in screenplay style, is a welcome piece in which a grill adopts anthropomorphic qualities.New Yorker–style cartoons garnish the pages,and the overall style of the book has that same urban feel.
Despite a few lulls, an engaging collection that should inspirecomfort for the man who cooks while his baby bangs on the pots and pans.