Man About the Kitchen is designed to introduce men of all ages to the kitchen and to transform them with minimal pain into competent cooks. Recipe 21: The Male Cook: This is becoming more popular, but has been a rarity in the past. Ingredients: This Book, A Man, A Kitchen. First of all, show the man where the kitchen is, and sit him in a quiet corner with a copy of this book. Leave for fifteen minutes, then explain to him that it really is his turn to do the cooking. Argue briefly, then hand him a saucepan and some ingredients, read the recipe to him very slowly, and hope for the best.