How to Cook Like a Man by Daniel Duane

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6 Critic Reviews

In this hilarious, touching, if at times self-absorbed memoir, Duane leads us on the wild culinary roller coaster of his food-soaked and recipe-drenched mania...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Daniel Duane was a good guy, but he wasn't what you might call domestic. Yet when he became a father, this avid outdoorsman was increasingly stuck at home, trying to do his part in the growing household. Inept at so many tasks associated with an infant daughter, he decided to take on dinner duty. He had a few tricks: pasta, soy-sauce-heavy stir-fry... actually, those were his only two tricks. So he cracked open one of Alice Waters's cookbooks, and started diligently cooking his way through it. When he was done with that, there were seven more Waters cookbooks, plus those by Tom Colicchio, Richard Olney, Thomas Keller... and then he was butchering whole animals in his cluttered kitchen.

How to Cook Like a Man might be understood as the male version of Julia and Julia. But more than chronicling a commitment to a gimmick, it charts an organic journey and full-on obsession, exploring just what it means to be a provider and a father. Duane doesn't just learn how to cook like a man; he learns how to be one.
 

About Daniel Duane

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Daniel Duane is the author of several books, fiction and nonfiction, including the surfer classic Caught Inside. His writing has appeared in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, GQ, and elsewhere, and he is a contributing editor at Men's Journal. Duane lives in San Francisco with his two daughters and his wife, the writer Elizabeth Weil. Visit his Web site at www.danielduane.com
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 222 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for How to Cook Like a Man
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 01 2012

A flawed memoir, but one that would make a good gift for a father-to-be searching for a sense of self in the midst of life-changing events.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 05 2012

In this hilarious, touching, if at times self-absorbed memoir, Duane leads us on the wild culinary roller coaster of his food-soaked and recipe-drenched mania...

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Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Therese Nielsen on Apr 05 2012

The conclusion is a bit predictable: After cooking with star chef Thomas Keller, who tells him technique is more valuable than flash, Duane realizes that who's at the table is more important than what's on it.

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Shelf Awareness

Excellent
Reviewed by Jaclyn Fulwood on May 03 2012

Readers of any culinary skill level will relate to this funny, reflective and honest memoir of one man's struggle to find his place in the kitchen and in life.

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San Francisco Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Stett Holbrook on Apr 17 2012

Part of what makes the book so funny is that Duane knows he's not an expert.

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The Daring Kitchen

Below average
Reviewed by Todd on Dec 21 2012

There were a few things I did not like about the book... It was a little disjointed and sometimes it felt like the stories were not related.

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