There’s a new term that is increasing in use all over the world. Generally applied to men, gastrosexuality refers to people who consider cooking more of a hobby than a chore, and tend to see their culinary efforts as one of the ways to attract romantic partners. While there is some difference of opinion as to what constitutes a true gastrosexual or gastro, a few characteristics are beginning to emerge that help to define the term.
One commonly accepted attribute of the gastrosexual has to do with how he perceived cooking in general. Rather than being a daily chore, food preparation is viewed as a fun hobby. Often, the confirmed gastrosexual is not content to reproduce dishes common to his culture. The true gastro will take great delight in preparing recipes that are considered exotic, eclectic, and in general something out of the norm.
Gastrosexuals do not prepare food without some purpose in mind. It is not unusual for the confirmed gastro to have friends and family for dinner on a regular basis. In this setting, it is possible to create delicious foods, and prepare the perfect presentation. The best reward that the gastrosexual can receive is the collection oohs and aahs of the guests, followed by the enthusiastic consumption of every crumb on the table. When this occurs, the true gastrosexual enjoys a moment in the spotlight, whetting the appetite for more successful dinner parties to come.
The kitchen of a true gastrosexual is usually filled with the latest in appliances, cookware, and utensils. Cookbooks that focus on the traditional dishes of different cultures are also likely to be within arm’s reach at all times. Since a gastro embraces new technology, the kitchen is likely to be within range of a home wireless network, making it possible to quickly search through the best recipe web sites to find the ideal dish for any occasion.
For the most part, gastrosexuality is identified as a male phenomenon only. The general idea is that the male gastro is so secure in his masculinity that being associated with cooking is no threat at all. This high level of confidence in turn helps to make the gastro more attractive to potential romantic partners, since he is not at all concerned about what others think of his hobby.
Male gastrosexuals tend to see culinary prowess as one more way to attract a romantic partner. Along with looks, money, success in the workplace, and a well-rounded personality, proficiency in the kitchen is viewed as a tool to impress the object of the gastro’s affection. Depending on the success of the recipes, the dinner can set the ideal tone for more intimate activities later in the evening.
While the full definition of gastrosexuality is still emerging, odds are very good that the phenomenon will continue to be associated with men only. There is also an excellent chance that more men will begin to take the concept seriously. Since the activity of the gastrosexual has the ultimate goal of impressing others and attracting the attention of potential romantic interests, many men will consider exploring their inner gastrosexual as another way to attain his personal goals.