Man with a Pan by John Donohue

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Look who’s making dinner! Twenty-one of our favorite writers and chefs expound upon the joys—and perils—of feeding their families.

Mario Batali’s kids gobble up monkfish liver and foie gras. Peter Kaminsky’s youngest daughter won’t eat anything at all. Mark Bittman reveals the four stages of learning to cook. Stephen King offers tips about what to cook when you don’t feel like cooking. And Jim Harrison shows how good food and wine trump expensive cars and houses.

This book celebrates those who toil behind the stove, trying to nourish and please. Their tales are accompanied by more than sixty family-tested recipes, time-saving tips, and cookbook recommendations, as well as New Yorker cartoons. Plus there are interviews with homestyle heroes from all across America—a fireman in Brooklyn, a football coach in Atlanta, and a bond trader in Los Angeles, among others.

What emerges is a book not just about food but about our changing families. It offers a newfound community for any man who proudly dons an apron and inspiration for those who have yet to pick up the spatula.

About John Donohue

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John Donohue holds black belts in both Karatedo and Kendo and has studied various Asian martial arts disciplines, such as karate, kendo, judo, aikido, iaido, and taiji, over the past 25 years. A nationally recognized authority on the topic, he is also an associate editor of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and has written four non-fiction books on the martial arts. In addition, he has been a featured speaker at national and international conventions, as well as on television and radio.
Published May 17, 2011 by Algonquin Books. 348 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Inspirational, heartwarming tales of fathers in the kitchen.

May 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Man with a Pan

The New York Times

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John Donohue has assembled a collection of essays and recipes by men who love cooking.

May 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Man with a Pan

Publishers Weekly

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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 thir

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Christian Science Monitor

When his daughters came along – with the accompanying exhaustion, loss of discretionary time and funds, and household tensions – he “ducked into the kitchen ...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

This book about dads who cook for their families is clearly designed and timed to become a present for Father’s Day, so let me say right away that if the intended recipient is an accomplished cook and comfortable in the kitchen, you would be better off getting him one of the really great new cook...

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ForeWord Reviews

He shares a secret for a simple but tasty omelet: “If you want to flip it, you’re either an acrobat or an idiot.” Novelist Jim Harrison hunted and fished for his family in rural northern Michigan, putting his prize catches on the family table.

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The Kitchn

Stephen King gives tips on what to cook when you don't feel like cooking, and Mario Batali tells us what his kids eat for dinner.

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