National Men Make Dinner Day – A day set aside for men to cook dinner at home for the family and/or friends. #NationalMenMakeDinnerDay #MenMakeDinnerDayNational Men Make Dinner Day! A day set aside for men to cook dinner at home for the family and/or friends. #NationalMenMakeDinnerDay #MenMakeDinnerDay Click To Tweet
National Men Make Dinner Day
One of the youth at church, when she heard I cooked, she said Mr. Steve that is weird a man cooking. I replied, if I didn’t know how to cook, I guess Amber and I would have starved to death. She replied, well I guess so. I told her I took two years of Home Economics in High School and also learned to cook in the Boy Scouts.
In the true spirit, barbecues are not allowed. This day is celebrated on the first Thursday of November each year. In 2019, this is on November 7, 2019.
Some of the Rules:
Men need to be aware that there is a list of rules that must be followed, some of which include:
- The main meal must include a minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork.
- The man goes shopping for all necessary ingredients.
- Clean up as you go.
- Aprons are optional.
Most households seem to have the women in the family be the primary cooks in the family. This day is set aside to allow the men of the house to cook dinner. I do know some households the men are the primary cooks, but this day is set a side for men to cook regardless if you cook normally or not.
So men, I encourage you to make a nice meal for your wife and the children. You can still wear your tool belt if you wish, just replace your traditional tools with kitchen utensils.
Canada by Sandy Sharkey, a Canadian radio announcer, claimed to started the holiday in 2001. But a magazine, Men’s Health, shared something about it in 2000.
I also think today more men do cook than ever before. I know for me being a single parent with custody, National Men Make Dinner Day is everyday for me. I am sure it could be the same for you. I do know that stay-at-home dads are more common today and the woman is working. Maybe both of you work, and take turns or the man is the one cooking.
There some crazy rules on the Men Make Dinner Day website, but I say as long as the man cooks today, that is great. I know women wished your man would cook more. He shouldn’t have to have a holiday in order for him to cook. He should be able to step up and say, “Honey, Let me cook dinner tonight!”
Please note when I say men in the house, yes I am using plural. I am talking about the father and his sons. When I say women in the house I am talking about the mother and her daughters.
- 2020 – November 5
- 2021 – November 4
- 2022 – November 3
- 2023 – November 2
For more information visit: menmakedinnerday.com
First Published November 5, 2015. Last updated or republished November 5, 2019.