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Down with cooking stereotypes!

Stale, out-of-date ideas about the role of men and women in the kitchen still linger, says this private cook, but it’s high time they were consigned to the dustbin

Last year, the organisers of my village’s annual fete announced a newcomer in the prize roster. Among the usual rosettes for Straightest Runner Bean, Tastiest Jam and the much-coveted Best Quiche was an event titled: ‘Men Only: Swiss Roll (Recipe Provided)’. A men-only cooking category? Are you kidding me?

So many things about this concept get my goat. First off, note that the recipe is supplied to the poor dears, just in case they can’t manage to locate one and decipher it on their own... It’s that old-fashioned view of men and cooking: “Silly old men. Hopeless in the kitchen. Can’t even put on an apron without getting tangled up, let alone feed themselves.”

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This February, let delicious. bring sunshine into your kitchen with an Italian menu from Angela Hartnett, slow-cooked comfort food to gladden the soul, and a pub quiz with bar snacks to boost the brain. Plus homemade pizzas, healthy curries, foolproof crumpets and your favourite old school puddings. Not forgetting heartwarming tales and recipes from Rosemary Shrager and Allegra McEvedy and a clutch of easy midweek meals from Donna Hay, the queen of Aussie cooking.
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