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Guys, here's a toolbox of cooking stuff just for us. Yeah, we appreciate the extra attention, but I'm left wondering if this Men Are From Mars approach will really pull men who haven't cooked before into the kitchen?

"People joke about men in the kitchen ... It's time to make those people choke on their own underestimations," the March issue of Esquire claims. Is this true?

Recipes for Men: Esquire shares "seven great meals that will blow your guests away" including Michael Mina's Pulled Pork Sandwich, Dave Pasternack's Spaghetti with Lobster, Chiles, and Mint, and the boneless roasted chicken Jimmy Bradley serves at the Red Cat. (The new issue is not online yet . . . we'll add links to the recipes if they go up.)

Male or female, we can admire the detailed instructions in each of these recipes. For example, they tell us dry mustard is "found in the spice section." Charlie Palmer's steak recipe calls for "1/2 cup whole black peppercorns, coarsely ground with a mortar and pestle (texture: like Grape-Nuts cereal.) Grinding it this way can take a while, but it's the only way to go."

But will these guys own a mortar and pestle?

Sexy Spicy: Romantic Dinner: Here in New York, the guys at The Brooklyn Kitchen are hosting a men-only class to teach guys how to put together a Valentine's Day meal "guaranteed to relax and invigorate." The class will be held from 4-7 p.m. on 2/11, $75.

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