Does cooking make men feel more masculine?

A new study suggests that time in the kitchen can increase confidence

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Men who spend time in the kitchen are likely to feel more masculine, a study has shown.

From porterhouse steaks to pasta puttanesca, a gentleman should always know how to cook a select few meals – and cook them well. He understands the importance of well-sourced ingredients, quality equipment and presentation. But could cooking also be beneficial on a more emotional level?

Research by Professor Dan Cassino of Fairleigh Dickinson University has shown that men, although likely to avoid housework such as laundry and vacuum cleaning, often gravitate towards the kitchen.

And, what’s more, the study concludes that wielding a whisk, wok or wooden spoon could actually increase a man’s confidence and security in his manliness.

“Preparing food can easily involve the use of specialised equipment and techniques,” writes Cassino, “a craft that men can be proud of their prowess in.”

The academic goes on to speculate that cooking, rather than being perceived as a chore, is now viewed as a leisurely activity, and an opportunity to both hone and showcase a skill.

So if you’re struggling with self-assurance, grab a saucepan and cook up a storm. And, if you’re not already a dab hand in the kitchen, allow us to help you learn how to make the perfect roast lamb, the best steak known to man, or exemplary belly pork.

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