Posted September 10, 2012

I ‘ve got some questions about men’s (in general) food preferences.

Do most guys you know dislike leftovers? My Dad doesn’t really like them (usually we make him something fresh) and I’m wondering how important it is to learn to make very portion specific meals. I come from a large family so I haven’t really thought much about the possibility of making way too much food (as in we can’t eat it all before it spoils)

How much variety do men want in their meals? I know how to make a good amount of things, but of course I have my favorites, etc…

How important is it that it be a hot meal? Meaning like a cold pasta salad vs. stew example.

Does your Dad/husband have any food particularities? What are they? How often do you see it occur in other men?

Thanks for ANY and ALL responses, no matter who you are!!


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  1. CJ

    No, not all guys dislike leftovers. My dad and brother both usually like them.
    I think it’s pretty important to make portion-specific meals because you don’t want a ton of leftovers lasting for a week, spoiling, etc.
    Variety is a must! Meat, bread, veggies, etc.
    I’m not sure about hot v. cold, but it is important to have different meals every day. Don’t have spaghetti every week, you know? 🙂

    # September 11, 2012

  2. peach blush

    My grandpa HATESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS leftovers.

    # September 11, 2012

  3. Anna Grace

    I think it really depends on the man. My dad and brothers don’t mind leftovers at all. My dad likes pretty much everything while one of my brothers is rather picky and the other two have a normal amount of likes and dislikes. My dad especially loves soups, my one brother not so much, and the other two don’t really care one way or the other. It also probably depends upon their personalities. Debi Pearl said in the book that prophets/visionary men don’t really take great notice of what they eat. One thing I have heard, though, is that men love apple pie!

    # September 14, 2012

  4. Cora Beth

    My dad is okay with leftovers.

    # September 18, 2012

  5. beth

    Each guy is different.
    My 13 year old brother will eat anything.
    My 18 year old brother has always been pretty picky.
    My Dad is great- he only will complain about something if it is gross.
    The boys dislike leftovers to the extent of going hungry instead of eating them, but Dad will eat them just fine.
    As for likes and dislikes, each guy is different. I actually try to take notes as to whom likes what so I can please family and guests alike.
    My Dad would rather eat salty than sweet stuff- but he did wind up marrying Mom because of a cherry pie.:)
    Go at it from the perspective of the movie “Fireproof”… always learn as much as you can about your spouse.
    Debi Pearl tells a story in “Created…” about when someone she new who was newly married. The bride fixed a nice hot meal for her hardworking husband- in the middle of summer. He actually told her he would rather eat something cold.
    I know a guy who doesn’t like basic ingredients like onions and chicken! Learn what the man/men in your life want- because it will be different from every other one of the 3.5 billion men on this planet.
    And every single man I know likes some variety. Not 7 meals rotated by each day of the week.

    # March 1, 2013

  6. elynn3

    Wouldn’t it be handy if we could just say, “Men like…” ?
    I’m pretty glad it doesn’t work that way–how boring! However, preparing would be a lot easier if guys were that simple. My advice would be to just learn as much as you can about how to cook everything you can get your hands on. Study about food allergies (like gluten intolerance) and focus on fresh produce and how to prepare it. Fermenting and sprouting are handy skills as well.
    My two cents on the men in my life:
    My husband likes fresh everything (probably why I said focus on that, hmm) but he’s not too picky about having a whole meal put together.
    My father-in-law is pretty picky, and likes a meal to be a meat entree with at least two sides and dessert.
    My little brother is the pickiest eater ever.
    My Dad will eat anything. Seriously.
    And my friend’s husband has serious food intolerance problems–no sugar, no grains, no red meat, no processed anything… she has to get really creative to come up with new recipes for him, poor guy. If he eats anything on the “no” list, he gets terrible headaches and sometimes severely dizzy as well. We think his reactions are due to an illness when he was an infant.
    Every guy is different, good luck & God bless you!

    # April 2, 2013

  7. james410

    I really think it depends on the guy 🙂 My dad always says, “just send the leftovers with me tomorrow for lunch.” In our home( of 12) leftover are rare but when there are leftovers, most everybody wants them. My two older brothers( 19 and 20) will eat most anything….My brother went to chad last year on a mission trip and ate fried grasshoppers! Yeah,….so I think it all depends. But be ready to do both: )

    # February 28, 2014