Shortly after I posted the video about my husband Tom’s struggle to prepare canned soup, my friend Carla showed me an e-mail her mom had received from Carla’s dad, shortly after Mom left town for a few days, leaving Dad to cope: “Hi. Too tired to go out to dinner. Found hot dogs, beans and buns. Yum. Just suppose I was going to cook the hot dogs, and I have the beans on the counter, and I have the buns on the counter. How would one go about cooking them all together? If you don’t answer this, I will go hungry to bed. Hungry. ☺.”
So Tom is not the only man deeply in need of instruction, but now there’s a great new cookbook for all male sad sack chefs. It’s my new favorite stocking stuffer that most of you can probably imagine giving to at least one man you know: A Man, A Can And A Plan. (Carla’s dad and Tom were two for three.)
Aside from all its fab can-related recipes even kitchen-challenged guys can cook, the book is made of cardboard, like a toddler’s board book, so when the man has a toddler-size tantrum because he can’t remember how to operate a stove (or a can opener) and hurls the book on the floor and stamps on it, it holds up nicely.
Don’t just stand by your man (and his can). You gotta give him A Man, A Can And A Plan. Then give him a pan and take off in your van as fast as you can. (Well, not too fast, or ou’ll end up in the other can with Lindsay Lohan.)