If you're lucky, the man in your life doesn't mind pitching in every once in a while with dinner. And no, I don't mean by calling for reservations or volunteering to pick up the pizza.
But is he a gastrosexual?
You gotta hope so.
Because if he is, you're probably getting a pretty decent homecooked meal on a fairly regular basis -- maybe even nearly every day, if you believe a report cooked up by the Future Foundation, a consumer trends think tank with offices in London and New York City.
According to a recent study by the foundation, not only are more men than ever before cooking on a regular basis, but also they're "confidentally claiming a stake in the kitchen." And contrary to popular myth, it's not just at barbecues and dinner parties. Gastrosexuals cook just for the heck of it because it's a form of "self actualization."
Men being men, they also cook for praise ("Good job, honey!"), which goes hand in hand with another motivation for honing their culinary skills: to impress and/or seduce potential partners.
"Gastrosexuals are all about experimenting with new food not only for themselves but also for loves ones," reads a press release from a Canadian firm promoting the study. "What better way to impress a date than a fancy home-cooked meal?"
Canadian chef/BBQ king Ted Reader recently came out of the kitchen as a proud gastrosexual, according to the release, and I'm guessing a certain executive chef with big Burrito Restaurant Group might not mind being called one, too, or a certain newspaper food editor, either, since it denotes a passion about cooking, as well as technical skill wrapped in undeniable manliness.
Says Chef Reader: "The gastrosexuals are the guys that love food and look at cooking as more of a hobby than a chore. For me, there isn't much better than firing up the BBQ and grilling dinner for my family and that's how many of my fellow gastrosexuals feel."
• Gastrosexuals tend to be upwardly mobile men between the ages of 25 and 44
• They're especially likely to travel, and are aware of and passionate about cuisines from all over the world, especially Asian food
• When they cook, they do so with "separate ingredients"
Um, news flash, guys -- isn't that the very definition of "cooking'"?
The study also pointed out this sad fact: While a display of cooking skill makes gastrosexuals attractive to their females partners, cleaning does not. (Or at least not in the men's minds.) As a result, "many still rely on women to contribute to less flashy but still necessarily domestic work."
In other words, don't expect the gastrosexual in your life to do the dishes.