If you think it’s difficult to find a cookbook for a woman, imagine how hard it is to find one tailored for a man!
David Harap has written the “Entertain Like a Gentleman” written for men who would like to learn to make unique “classy” foods for their families or even their friends. Think of your husband making his own amazing food for Game Night, Poker Night, and any other “guy’s” night!” That means you’re off the hook and can go read a good book, take a bath, play with your kids or whatever else; the possibilities are endless! No more breathing in stinky cigar smoke, listening to them talk, or any other horrible man behavior!
There are recipes that can be made ahead of time so that he can spend time with his guests, as well as those that will take up more of his time when he feels like making a great dinner for family events and gatherings. You know, when he wants to try to wow everyone with his awesome kitchen skills. Not every man can cook, but this book hopes to change that.
Harap paid his way through college by being a chef, and enjoys sharing the lessons and recipes that he’s learned throughout the years. Things like shopping ahead, keeping basic items stocked in your pantry, and clean as you go.
If your husband wants to learn how to cook, or wants to learn some great new recipes to share with everyone, this would be a great starting point. John has actually had a lot of fun looking through the book and trying different recipes. He scoffed a bit at first because he doesn’t consider himself to be a gentleman. Then he saw Oktoberfest and he was sold.
The Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook is broken into fun categories like:
- Scotch Tasting Affair
- Poker Night with the Boys
- and Breakfast in Bed (this made me fall in love with the book!) plus several other categories.
The cookbook is also written in a way that is entertaining for men. Information is broken down into terms and tones men understand. In the beginning of the book there are 25 tenets for stress free entertaining – directed at men. The first tenet is: “You have to plan. A football coach does not go into game day without a plan and you shouldn’t have guests over without a game plan.” I think it’s genius to compare entertaining to sports – totally a guy thing.
There are also tips for successfully entertaining a romantic interest or spouse. I think these are tips most guys could use and are usually too macho to ask. They can casually read through the book to get these tips without anyone knowing what they’re doing. That way their manliness is left intact.
Of all the recipes in the book, John decided to make the Schnitzel and Baked Apples Stuffed with Red Cabbage first. He also made the accompanying Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes laced with bacon and onions). The combination of his love for cabbage and the word Schnitzel drove this decision, I’m sure. He was also highly intrigued by the name, Bratkartoffeln. The directions were very detailed which made it foolproof. They even note the equipment needed to prepare the meal so advanced prep work is super simple. The only issue he ran into were the measurements. The directions called for a 2½ – 3 pound head of cabbage and 2 apples. He upped the number of apples to accommodate all the cabbage (there was a lot.) The end result was amazing as well, so this is a great cookbook for any man.
If you’re eager to get the man in your life in the kitchen so you can take a break you need the Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook. It’s a fun read for men and makes the most intricate dishes easy to prepare. Find out more about this book on the Like a Gent website and pick up your copy today.
Does your husband like to cook? Does he make kitchen masterpieces or disasters?
Dislcosure: I received a copy of the Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook to review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.