For­get socks and slip­pers and treat your dad to some tasty grub in­stead this Fa­ther’s Day. Si­mon Cave, author of new cook book Manly Food, gives Kee­ley Bol­ger a taste of what men want on their plate

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Treat dad to a manly meal this Fa­ther’s Day.

We all know that men are from Mars and women from Venus, so it’s no won­der that the sexes have dif­fer­ent culi­nary tastes. While chefs dish up fish or goat’s cheese sal­ads to eight out of 10 fe­male din­ers, the same pro­por­tion of males de­mand meat, meat and more meat.

This is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Si­mon Cave’s new book, Manly Food. “I first heard it from a chef who had a whole phi­los­o­phy grounded in ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Cave. “My tastes are in­cred­i­bly var­ied and I would have lots of food that wouldn’t fit the book or the stereo­type [of manly food], but there was some­thing go­ing on where some peo­ple’s tastes are a bit dif­fer­ent.”

Re­search­ing what to in­clude in the book in­volved quizzing peo­ple on what they’d ex­pect to see in it, and Cave wasn’t sur­prised to dis­cover that the same re­sponses cropped up time and time again.

“They all said the same: meaty things. Spicy things. Things that are hearty,” he says.

“The book is quite tongue-incheek, but there is an ap­proach there – which isn’t gen­der spe­cific – but is just a dif­fer­ent way of cook­ing,” he adds.

That’s a manly way of cook­ing. And what Cave’s try­ing to say is, you don’t have to ac­tu­ally be a man to en­joy manly food. In fact, a woman played an ex­tremely im­por­tant part in the de­vel­op­mentnt of the book.

“I couldn’t have done it with­outt my wife,” says Cave, laugh­ing. “She in­dulged her manly side. We cook a lot to­gether and while I wasas writ­ing the book, we tested the food and had an aw­ful lot of fun.”

The cou­ple, who live in Lon­don with their two young daugh­ters, are also work­ing on a book about cook­ing with chil­dren. “I grew up with lots of good food,” says the proud dad.

“My par­ents trav­elled and cooked a lot and I def­i­nitely want my chil­dren to cook. I think it’s one of life’s plea­sures. It should be fun.

“We’ve startedd the chil­dren withh cut­ting fruit with or­di­nary ta­ble knives so they won’t hurt them­selves. We’ve made cakes and tarts and my el­dest can do a de­cent scram­bled egg.

“But you’ll get very an­gry very eas­ily if you think, ‘I’m go­ing to whip up din­nerer and the kids can do some­thing to help’. They’re the worst line chefs in the world!”

Cave says Fa­thers’ Day is all about fam­ily and in­for­mal­ity, andd he prefers a nice meal with his fam­ily to presents.

“As far as I can tell, Fa­thers’ Day is about hav­ing a lie-in in the morn­ing and maybe not men­tion­ing the things I haven’t done, which I promised I would do 10 years ago!”

Manly Food by Si­mon Cave is pub­lished by Quadrille Pub­lish­ing, and is out now. Visit his blog www. caveskitchen. com for more in­for­ma­tion

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