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National Men Make Dinner Day


  • the first Thursday in November (since 1998)


Founded by


  • Food & Drink

  • Hobbies & Activities

  • Men

  • Thanks & Appreciation



According to the official website for National Men Make Dinner Day, most men cook, but some don't, feeling lost when they are in kitchens. This day is for the latter group of men to attempt to make dinner and is not directed at those men who already do cook. Being that it is a holiday about men cooking, the implication seems to be that women usually do most of the cooking. Sandy Sharkey, then a radio broadcaster in Ottawa, Canada, filed for a Canadian trademark for the holiday in 2001. She created the day so she would get a meal a day from her non-cooking husband once a year.

How to Observe National Men Make Dinner Day

Men who usually don't cook are to cook dinner on the day, while men and women who usually cook are to stay out of the kitchen, and should just eat the dinners. They should only step in if it is an emergency. The men doing the cooking must follow a list of rules. Here are some of the important ones:

  • The recipe can be taken from any published source or the internet. It can be gotten from inside the house, but it is better if it is not. The man must find the recipe on his own.
  • The meal must have at least four ingredients, and at least one cooking utensil besides a fork must be used to make it.
  • A grill is not allowed for cooking, and leftovers can't be used as ingredients.
  • The man must go shopping for all the ingredients on his own.
  • Everything that is used must be cleaned and put away in its proper place afterward.
  • The man must set and clear the table.
  • When eating the meal with others, the man is allowed to gloat three times about how good his meal is.

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