Give Me My Man Meat
This weekend I was flipping through the channels and stopped at Next Food Network Star. I’d never seen the show, never really wanted to, but since people seem to be talking about it I figured why the hell not. On this particular episode, the nine finalists were to create a recipe for Esquire magazine’s “Recipe for Men” section. Seems normal. But here’s my beef:
Most of the contestants went off on these rants about how “manly meals”= big slabs of meat. Apparently to some of these people, men only like meat and in a “man” recipe the main focus has to be a huge piece of meat. Hello, I’m a woman, and I like meat just as much as any guy out there. Now I don’t go walking around every day munching on giant turkey legs (well, I did just that one time) , and some days I even go meatless. However, I often eat entire bags of beef jerkey in one sitting, and I’d die without sausage on my Dunkin Donuts sandwiches. I know I cannot be some woman anomaly. One of my grandmother’s favorite meals was rack of lamb, and she was a woman so feminine she never even wore pants.
Why the hell do “man” recipes even exist anyway? I mean, I eat the same things as my boyfriend and my father, although sometimes they eat larger quantities. If meat is a manly meal, what is a womanly meal? Vegetables?
(Pic: Steak with Red Wine Reduction)
Your article title conjured up a very NSFW image in my mind. I don’t know if that is more my fault or yours!
Really. The should call it Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Recipes. When are they going to create a TV show that shows you how to grow you’re own tobacco, roll your own cigarettes, and give them to your children.
this is an excellent point. although for the record, I stared lovingly at that raw bacon-wrapped steak for a good ten minutes before getting to your point. so much for dispelling stereotypes.
BS, the picture does look tasty indeed but it needs more bacon I think.
Your so feminine grandmother also always ordered a triple order of crispy bacon with her breakfast for all to share.
Nice article, I love meat – the apple doesnt fall far from the tree. Go Meat
Word…our family’s attempt at vegetarianism failed because of my wife’s inability to live without meat. Gender roles in foods is so 1950’s.
great post title!