Can I Get Some Decent Food?
Wouldn't it be nice if we could all marry gourmet chefs!
Question from Pat:
How do I tell my wife that her cooking isn't so great? I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I have been eating the same bland meals for a few years now. Any suggestions on what to say and not have her throw a cast iron skillet at me?
The Brothas Response:
This can be a tough situation!
First -- you should be appreciative that your wife even bothers to cook at all. Lots of men have wives who either do not cook, or have a hard time boiling water.
You probably gave her a favorable response before getting married and she's probably thinking her cooking is still great. But if your tastebuds are suffering, there are constructive ways to offer an opinion.
- Understand that your wife is not intentionally creating bad meals just to aggravate you.
- Also understand that while you may wish she could cook like Emeril Lagasse, you may never receive 5-star meals.
- Offering criticism:
- Before offering any constructive critiques, try to preface it with something she's doing right. For example, "Those rolls you made last night were smokin' good!"
- Never make statements like, "This was nasty!", or "I didn't like that last meal." Instead, offer suggestions like: "I think I'd like it better if you sprinkled on less black pepper."
- Offer to help prepare specific dishes, or show her a particular recipe you'd like her to try.
Just remember: be respectful and gentle. You are lucky to have a wife who takes the time and energy to prepare your meals, so never allow her to forget that she is appreciated.
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