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[[caption-width-right:320:[-For some, the first stage of love is also the most delicious.-] ]]

->''The way to a man's heart is [[TropeNamers through his stomach]].''
-->-- '''Proverb'''

Feeding someone, as a gesture of affection or an attempt to win it. (Or both.) The person doing the feeding may [[ObliviousToLove not even realize]] why they feel this desire to feed the other. While they do not have to cook it themselves, that adds to the significance.

Related to FeminineWomenCanCook, and often these two tropes are run together in the same plot line. If the main LoveInterest is a {{Tomboy}} expect her to (often comically) struggle until some older mother figure takes pity on her and helps.

{{Tsundere}} are prone to it, because it has PlausibleDeniability -- and can even express [[ObliviousToLove unconscious emotions]].

Girls giving (or sharing) a ''bento'' with a male classmate is a common way to invoke this trope. The [[JapaneseHolidays Japanese Valentine's day chocolate]] also often falls under this.

Men who try this are seldom [[RealMenWearPink entirely comfortable]] with the fact that they are cooking something, but they do it anyway. (Much more pointed, that way.)

If the cook is [[LethalChef spectacularly terrible]], then HilarityEnsues, particularly if she's [[{{Tsundere}} the type]] to [[ArmorPiercingSlap drop-kick]] the LoveInterest when he refuses to touch her cooking because it just ate a hole through the table.

In addition to the more common romantic version, there is also the occasional mother figure to child version. In this version an older woman (occasionally male but usually a woman) tries to demonstrate maternal love to a younger person by cooking for them. If the child is a BrokenBird, or if the older woman is a LethalChef this can result in failure.

The EarthMother, GrannyClassic, and MamaBear -- and [[RealMenCook Real Men Who Cook]] -- engage in this on a regular basis for their children. The TeamChef may do this to express the PowerOfFriendship for his TrueCompanions. Indeed, any character who cooks on a regular basis probably does this as well. It acts more as a characterization trope, indicating a generalized benevolence toward a large group or even all of humanity (or more), than a particular relationship, though even here it often indicates that a person has been accepted into their TrueCompanions.

Supertrope of YourFavorite. Compare TastesLikeFriendship and FoodAsBribe. Has nothing whatsoever, aside from RuleThirtyFour, to do with RightThroughHisPants. For something that goes through someone's stomach ''violently'', see ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice. May overlap with ChocolateOfRomance.
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* Pictured above: Mikoto from ''Anime/MaiHiME'' gets all starry-eyed the first time she tastes a bowl of Mai's ramen. The two become good friends afterwards, and it helps that Mai is [[SupremeChef very good at it]], having learned how to cook at a young age.
** Shiho tries to win points with Yuuichi this way in the CookingDuel after seeing that he's one of the judges. Unfortunately for her, she trips and plants her face into the completed cake.
* A hilarious version in ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'': Sami makes a meal, that turns somewhat lethal. She doesn't finish eating it, and tells Yuuhi that he doesn't have to either, but the man gobbles it up like nectar from the gods (and pays for it later).
** [[spoiler: During the finale, it's found that Yayoi cooks (large) lunches for her husband, even hand delivering them.]]
* Rei from ''UruseiYatsura'' is the king of this trope. A ChickMagnet so potent that even the fangirls of teen trillionaire HandsomeLech Mendou switch to squeeing over him the moment he shows up, he reveres anyone who brings him food... or whatever can even be ''considered'' food.
* In ''FruitsBasket'', when Tohru is sick, Kyo cooks her something to eat. Despite Momiji's teasing. And despite that he's making her leek soup... and [[PickyEater Kyo hates leeks]].
* A common plot in ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]''. Ranma really ''does'' think with his stomach a lot, and Akane is very determined to cook for him (as a LethalChef, HilarityEnsues). Her rivals, Ukyo (an expert Chef) and Shampoo (works in a Ramen cafe) often use food as a way to gain an advantage over Akane in their pursuit of Ranma. In particular, the anime Christmas episode has Akane wondering why Ranma is late - and then she imagines Shampoo tempting him with a turkey, and Ranma responding "I always wanted to eat a whole turkey". It was rather amusing CharacterDevelopment, because it showed that Akane now realized that Ranma would not be tempted by Shampoo's body but rather by the food.
* Speaking of RumikoTakahashi, ''MaisonIkkoku.'' Kyoko is thoughtfully providing lunches for Godai as he job-hunts. At least, she thinks he's job-hunting. He's really being forced to WorkOffTheDebt at a nightclub. They're very nice lunches and she's clearly putting a lot of effort into them. Godai feels like dirt for his subterfuge, and his boss keeps telling Godai not to let this one get away.
* In ''ShakuganNoShana'', Shana and Kazumi begin competing over Yuji by each bringing him lunch. Kazumi of course can cook, while Shana... let's just say Yuji's mother was rather overwhelmed trying to teach her. So Shana just gives Yuji a box of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Melon Bread]] in a curious inversion of YourFavorite.
** Inspired by the cooking war going on over Yuji, Whilhelmina tries to do this for Shana. It doesn't turn out very well- apparently NinjaMaid can't cook. So much for "Specialist of Everything".
* In a non-romantic version, Aoba in ''CrossGame'' fails, while Ko succeeds.
* In ''{{Vandread}}'', several girls including Dita compete for Hibiki's affection by cooking meals for him. This works exceptionally well, since Hibiki comes from a dystopian planet where all food are tasteless nutrients that look like hamster pellets.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', several girls attempt to get points with Negi by making him tea. In addition, Negi's first (and so far only) significant meeting with Satsuki Yotsuba was prefaced by a meal at her meat bun stand.
** Kotaro's HeelFaceTurn was facilitated by Chizuru's cooking. With MarshmallowHell for dessert.
* In an episode of ''SchoolRumble'' Hanai challenges Harima to a cooking duel during a nature outing to impress a Tsukamoto girl. What Hanai is unaware of is that both he and Harima are each focused on a different sister: Harima wants to impress older sister [[TheDitz Tenma]], Hanai wants to impress younger sister [[YamatoNadeshiko Yakumo]]. Naturally, HilarityEnsues.
* One episode of the ''[[MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]]'' anime featured Luna trying to learn to cook for Rockman in order to win his heart. Unfortunately for her, in addition to being a LethalChef, she happened to pick Subaru to taste her failed attempts, without having any idea that [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Subaru actually]] ''[[TwoPersonLoveTriangle is]]'' [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Rockman]].
* Hilariously played with in ''MartianSuccessorNadesico''. The girls who are after Akito (already a decent cook in his own right, and [[TeamChef the reason he joined the crew in the first place]]) try to compete for his affections through a CookingDuel... and they're all [[LethalChef really bad at it]].
* Taiga from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' is at her most content when she eats good food. Her classmate and neighbor Ryuuji is an excellent cook. [[ForegoneConclusion Do the math]].
** This example reverses the gender roles in the trope, because the male (Ryuuji) is good at cooking and housekeeping, while the female (Taiga) is hopeless at both. Though CharacterDevelopment has her improve somewhat by the end, moving her from "utterly hopeless" to "moderately good" at caring for herself.
* Nodame's crush on Chiaki in ''NodameCantabile'' could perhaps be largely attributed to Chiaki's outstanding cooking skills, which save her from eating instant ramen for dinner every day.
* Parodied in ''FushigiYuugi''. Tamahome is forced by circumstances to break up with Miaka. She, of course, is hurt and confused, and when it's time to prepare lunch, Miaka volunteers to help out. She ends up cooking with Xi Fang, the foster daughter of the Byakko Warriors Tokaki and Subaru, whom circumstances lead Miaka to be jealous of. Miaka gets distracted and burns all that she cooks, while Xi Fang's cooking is perfect, and HilarityEnsues when everyone takes the first bite and is instantly put off. Bonus points when Tamahome makes a spiteful comment about her cooking, and EXTRA bonus points when, after Miaka leaves upset, he eats everything she cooked at the cost of getting a nasty stomachache.
--> '''Tasuki:''' Hey, man, your face is turning blue...
--> '''Tamahome:''' So what, I said I'm gonna eat it!
* Shirayuki from ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' likes to cook for her brother to show her [[BigBrotherAttraction sisterly affection]]. In the first anime series, she starts out as somewhat of a LethalChef, but she quickly becomes a top-notch cook.
* Nagi attempts this repeatedly with Hayate in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. LethalChef indeed. Hayate, however, is actually touched by the attempts (despite the terrible taste), because his mother [[AbusiveParents never did anything so nice for him]].
** Hayate also manages to recruit people for Nagi's apartment complex and pick up [[UnwantedHarem Unwanted Haremettes]] through his cooking skills.
* Done in ''OnePiece'' at the end of the Alabasta saga. [[spoiler: So what does a now world famous pirate want for saving an entire country and defeating one of the most dangerous people in world? Luffy only wants to be fed until he explodes. Vivi and Terracota manage to succeed which is a [[BigEater miracle in itself.]]]]
** In a gender inversion, amorous chef Sanji prepares special food and beverages for whatever beautiful women he can find, shrugging off even his captain until the needs of the women are met. He clearly implies that he does this to win their affections.
* In ''Manga/BattleRoyale'', Noriko [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/battle_royale/c001/30.html bakes cookies to give to Shuya]], whom she has a ''huge'' crush on. Unfortunately for her, it didn't have the effect she really wanted, since Yoshi (who had a ''huge'' crush on Noriko) ended up taking the cookies and eating them.
* In ''XxxHOLiC'', because Watanuki's such a {{Tsundere}} that he can't bring himself to properly give a verbal "thank-you", whenever he wants to "pay back" any favors Doumeki gives him (such as ''saving his life numerous times''), he'll usually cook Doumeki's [[YourFavorite favorite foods]] or take requests to cook something [[PickyEater Doumeki]] wants ([[RunningGag most often with Doumeki making some ridiculous request that's impossible]]). Okay, so despite the fact he's [[TheStoic Mr. Stoic]], it's pretty obvious Doumeki already [[HoYay really really likes Watanuki]], but the cooking definitely seems to make him want to stick around Watanuki even ''more''. In fact, a lot of [[{{UST}} shipping fodder]] moments between them occur with them bantering and arguing about Watanuki's cooking.
** And apparently Watanuki cooking is [[SeriousBusiness A Very Big Deal]] because he is unable to taste his own food. (Not because Watanuki is a bad cook, but in TheVerse of XxxHOLiC food is a window to the soul and Watanuki has self-identity issues.)
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': Shion [[spoiler: who is actually Mion in disguise]] inadvertently does this with Keiichi since he hadn't eaten lunch that day. While he wouldn't show much interest in her, it started a friendship.
* In ''DGrayman'', apparently this is the way to [[BigEater Allen's]] heart. It's entirely possible to bribe him into having positive, happy feelings towards the person. In one instance, Miranda, unable to think of any way to cheer him up, gives him her candy, which makes him ridiculously happy. In another instance, Rohfa apparently caught on to the idea, and is implied to be trying to court him by bribing him with huge boxes of Mitarashi Dango (his favorite). Granted, he only seemed to happily notice the food, ''without'' the romantic implications... but, well, it's a start, right?
* In ''ParallelTroubleAdventureDual'', three of the girls compete this way. Each of the girls has a different cooking ethnicity, and Kazuki ends up having to eat every morsel on every plate just to maintain the peace. A fourth girl, D, doesn't know how to cook, so she just adds instant curry sauce to all 3 meals in an attempt to compete. The irony is that Kazuki prefers bachelor food, like instant ramen.
* [[{{Meido}} Fiore]] in ''ChronoCrusade'' is the cook of the Sinners, so she has a tendency to do this to show familial affection. She's always cooking for Joshua (to the point where he raves over her pudding), and she also scolds Shader for eating canned food and gives her a home-cooked meal as soon as she sees her again. The most obvious use of this trope is when she cooks for [[spoiler:Azmaria]], and is very thrilled when she seems to like it, telling her [[spoiler:"This was my sister's favorite. You remind me of her."]]
** Also, when Rosette first met Chrono, he was very weak--so she offered him some cookies and candies she had in her pocket. Chrono was deeply touched by her kindness and instantly took a liking to her after that--and, when she grows older, they become the series' OfficialCouple. (However, Rosette tries to actually ''cook'' for Chrono later in the series, and [[LethalChef the result is less successful]].)
* Taken to a hilarious extreme in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' where almost the entirety of Tomoya's UnwantedHarem makes him food, forcing him to force down five bentos in the same sitting. [[spoiler: And massively subverted: he got together with the only girl who did '''not''' bring him a bento.]]
* in ''TheWallflower'', Sunako appears to be doing this to Kyouhei accidentally. There was one episode where Kyouhei [[BelligerentSexualTension actually started to fall in love]] [[FanPreferredCouple with her]]. But then, because the StatusQuoIsGod, [[spoiler: he realizes that he just has a craving for some fried shrimp]]. And we're [[ShipTease right back where we started]].
* Nicely done in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'', in which Shuurei's cooking wins Ryuuki's heart twice over. In the backstory of the series, Shouka shared the food Shuurei cooked for him with Ryuuki whenever Ryuuki visited the Archives, effectively becoming Ryuuki's ParentalSubstitute since he was neglected and abused by the rest of his family. Later, when Ryuuki and Shuurei first meet in person, she shares her tea and sweet bean buns with him; he recognizes her cooking, and falls in love with her in very short order.
* In ''{{Maburaho}}'' Yuna constantly cooks for Kazuki and brings him obento, because "that's whata wife is supposed to do". This is also played with in two episodes, one being where Rin wants to try to cook an obento for a teacher she had a crush on, however as she isn't as feminine as the rest of the female cast, her cooking tastes horrible. [[spoiler: In the end, she doesn't give the obento to the teacher, but instead gives it to Kazuki who eats it all, despite its horrible taste.]] In another episode, when Kazuki's parents are supposed to come over to visit, upon learning eel is their favourite meal, all three girls attempt to prepare eel to impress his parents.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'',
** This is how Makoto tries to impress Motoki. Unfortunately, her meal preparations are interrupted when Zoisite attacks ''his fiancée'', Reika.
** In the R season she also attempts it with Seijuuro/Ail, who is actually an alien in disguise and feeds off LifeEnergy instead. Not only he's pretty confused by her gesture, but his [[BrothersisterIncest sister/girlfriend]] Natsumi/Ann shows up and [[ClingyJealousGirl gets VERY jealous]].
* Early in the manga TasogareOtomeXAmnesia , Yuuko is shown feeding Teiichi from a bento. On the next page, she pulls him down onto her LapPillow. He's a bit weirded out by this, because Yuuko, although very good-looking and ''[[BuxomIsBetter built]]'', has been dead for something like fifty years. (She doesn't ''quite'' fit the CuteGhostGirl terms, though, as everyone else in the school either can't see her at all or sees her as a StringyHairedGhostGirl.)
* Hikari offers to make Touji a bento in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. She says it's because she "makes food for her sisters so she always has leftovers" but it guaranteed that the fandom thought them an item from that point on.
** RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0 has a surprisingly detailed and extended focus on cooking. Shinji is a good cook, and proves it during a field trip. Rei, hoping to reunite Shinji and Gendo, invites both of them to a dinner party where she will cook. Seeing Rei practice cooking makes Asuka jealous, and she, too, takes up the ladle and attempts to learn (though she is [[{{Tsundere}} incredibly embarrassed when this is found out]]). A later scene proves that Rei is a far more dedicated learner than Asuka, as proven by the bandage count on their fingers.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': several examples
** Goku in general takes an instant liking to people who give him food, and for that matter, an instant dislike to those who take food away.
** Hakkai is the team cook, being the only one who can actually make anything edible this might be more a common sense arrangement. There's a flashback episode revolving around snow and the four of them eating sukiyaki together
** There's a filler episode in reload about a LethalChef (literally) trying to cook for her fiance.
* Collin from ''{{Thundersub}}'' desperately tries to convince the crew to keep Anna on the ship by insisting, "She's a good cook! She's willing to cook!" They finally give in.
* A joint example happens in ''SeitokaiYakuindomo''. When Tsuda compliments the miso soup dinner the three student council girls make for him and his sister, they [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/seitokai_yakuindomo/v03/c010/4.html stare at him expectantly]] after mentioning which part of the soup they prepared individually.
* In ''TenchiMuyo Ryo-Ohki'', Ryoko attempts to do this to win over Tenchi in episode 7. However, as she has no tastebuds to taste her meal and she's not willing to get Sasami, their resident cook, into the mix,[[note]]and doesn't trust her mother Washu enough to ask her to restore her sense of taste[[/note]] the results are disastrous. She ends up giving up, though.
* Wendy Garret tries this in ''GunXSword,'' but the plan fails because Van never gets to eat the meal she prepared, [[spoiler: at least the first time]].
* In ''Manga/TheSecretAgreement'', the first time Iori meets Yuuichi he is eating mitarashi dango, and Iori asks to try. He nearly eats the entire thing, over which Yuuichi feels resentful at the time. Later in life he views it more optimistically as "it only took three-quarters of a mitarashi dango to make you mine."
* DoubleSubverted in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kaoru can't cook to save her life, but Kenshin likes her cooking because she keeps getting better and better at it. ''Awww.''
* In ''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'', Akira steals Yuuhi's bento and then is convinced he must have him as his housekeeper. Eventually they get together.
* Near the end of ''TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby admits that he's been learning to make [[TrademarkFavoriteFood fried rice]] for Kotetsu "...so you have to try it some day!".
* Attempted by Ringo Oginome in episode 3 of ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum''. She reads in a magazine that a curry plate made in specific circumstances will help her gain her crush Tabuki's attention, and thus she tries making curry for him. [[spoiler: Too bad that Tabuki's ''actual'' girlfriend, Yuri, beat her to the punch.]]
** In episode 11, Shouma Takakura is seen cooking stuffed cabbage and his sister Himari notices it's a dish he ''only'' cooks when he intends to ask someone for forgiveness. She then speculates that he's had a fight [[ShipTease with Ringo]] and says [[ShipperOnDeck "I hope Ringo-chan likes cabbage!"]]. [[spoiler: In a subversion, Ringo don't get to taste it;she knocks the dish down because, when Shouma and Himari found her, the kid was in the middle of a ''huge'' HeroicBSOD.]]
** Invoked again in episode 17, since Shouma and Kanba's ''takoyaki'' is so good that not even [[spoiler: ''the Princess of the Crystal'']] can resist their taste.
* In one chapter of the harem comedy ''Manga/AiKora'', Maeda tries to get home to enjoy a chocolate sculpture of a girl with all his "ideal parts" that he had commissioned. Unfortunately, it's Valentine's Day, and he keeps getting sidetracked by all the girls in his harem plying him with chocolate (''lots'' of chocolate, in the case of [[RichBitch Ayame]] and [[FeminineWomenCanCook Kirino]]).
* While rare, Brock of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' sometimes employs this tactic when attempting to woo the GirlOfTheWeek.
* In episode 15 of ''DNAngel'' Mio Hio tries to win Daisuke over by cooking for him. Risa also suggests that Riku should cook for Daisuke to win him over.
* Siesta resorts to this tactic in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' at times to try to win Saito.
* In ''OniisamaE'', when Nanako visits Rei in her [[RoomFullOfCrazy apartment]], she learns that Rei barely has anything in her fridge. She then decides to cook healthy meals specially for her, and leaves at least one basket full of handmade food in her doorstep.
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Kurosagi}}'' because although Kurosaki takes the food that Tsurara gives him, he immediately dumps it into the trash without tasting it.
* [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Sylphiel]] in ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' was quite happy to hear "Gourry dear" really likes her cooking. Gourry being an IdiotHero, he still [[ObliviousToLove failed to notice]] her obvious advances, though.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' {{interquel}} manga had one of [[BonusMaterial bonus chapters]] built upon two outstanding traits of the protagonist: being a BigEater and ChickMagnet at the same time. It was one glorious CookingDuel involving just about every female character from both seasons of anime.
* ''Anime/{{Futakoi}}'' had {{Ojou}} twins infatuated with Nozomu, who tried this. They had to improve their cooking skills all the way from LethalChef level first.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Hina's attempts to get closer to Takahashi involve winning him over with meals that she cooked. Her first attempt ends in failure due to her shyness hindering her ability to give it after his game...[[CordonBleughChef which is probably for the best]]. The second attempt, with the advice from Akari, is a curry rice meal topped with ''kaarage'' and ''onsen'' egg. She fares much better.
* In ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'', Misaki makes a lunch for Jin in episode 13, although writing "I love you" in it turns him off. This gives Mashiro the idea to learn cooking from Sorata.
* In the last volume of the TheKingofFighters: KYO manga, Athena wants Kyo, Yuki and Kensou to join her in her SchoolFestival performance. She invokes the trope via making a good Chinese mushroom recipe and inviting them over for dinner, then telling them her plans when they're at the table -- and it works. [[spoiler: Too bad the Festival is crashed by Goenitz.]]
* KeroroGunsou When Giroro meets Natsumi for the second time, he gives her a baked sweet potato he just cooked up. It's apparently so delicious Natsumi decides not to kick him out of the Hinata's Back yard.
* Parodied in the CaptainTsubasa original anime. Sanae is trying to gather her courage to ask Tsubasa out and decides to bring him sandwiches... but while he does like her food, he totally misses her advances. Being a {{tsundere}}, she finally gets fed up and goes away, with Tsubasa being all "... WTF?!"
** Played a bit straighter in the re-introduction of the Furano team. The two managers, Yoshiko and Machiko, bring home-made drinks for the guys; [[ShipperOnDeck Machiko]] immediately tells Yoshiko to go to the team captain, Matsuyama, and give him his drink first while she handles the rest, [[InvokedTrope clearly thinking of the present trope]] since Yoshiko and Matsuyama are TwiceShy.
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* In ''ArchieComics'', this is an area where [[SupremeChef Betty]] always wins over [[LethalChef Veronica]].
** [[AbhorrentAdmirer Big Ethel]] tries this all the time on [[BigEater Jughead]]. He's certainly willing to tolerate her presence when food is forthcoming, but it never gets her any closer to a date (unless you count the time it takes him to eat, and considering it's Jughead that can't be very long).
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Haruhi starts making lunch to Kyon when isn't given one [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment because he is grounded]]. She still keeps making them after it's lifted though, as he has become a BigEater.
* Gender {{Inverted}} in Fanfic/{{Assumptions}}: After [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] wakes up in [[NiceGuy Caramel's]] house (under innocent circumstances) after [[WhatDidIDoLastNight accidentaly drinking spiked beer]], she starts dropping in regularly for breakfast, and even gets him to start preparing lunch. This is one of the reason she warms up considerably to someone she though of as useless a few days prior.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics, it's common to pair up Applejack with Soarin' the Wonderbolt based mostly on the fact that he bought (and [[BigEater really enjoyed]]) an apple pie from AJ in the episode "The Best Night Ever".
** Similarly, it's not uncommon to portray Equestria as having great food, seen in ''Fanfic/PinkPersonalHellAndAlteringFate'' wherein Pinkie gains Dominic's friendship after cooking him food.
* In the wrestling story ''Baking For Dummies'', Michelle McCool tries to bake a cake for Layla's birthday. As the title implies, Michelle is inept in the kitchen and winds up making several trips to the store each time she has to start over again.
* A clever variation shows up in the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' fanfic ''{{Fanfic/Simulacrum}}''. In the game itself, the girls are notorious for being [[LethalChef Lethal Chefs]], so in this fic, one of them gets wise and instead ''has the main character teach her how to cook.'' This gets a "I wish I had thought of that!" from another heroine later on.
* In ''Fanfic/IfThemsTheRules'', Harry employs this technique to slowly win Tom over, to the point that he prefers Harry's cooking to the Hogwarts feast.
* FanFic/{{Greenfire}} (AlternateUniverse!Spike) initially shows nothing but apprehension when [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]] insists on visiting his cave to have a tea party with him regularly, but eventually warms up to the idea. Although he enjoys the tea and cupcakes Rarity brings, Rarity wins Greenfire over more for providing an excellent conversation partner and help alleviating his [[TheAloner solitude]].
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Po had already earned some respect from the Furious Five for being an indefatigable {{Determinator}}, but it was the great meal he whipped up for them that night that really broke the ice. Interestingly enough, Tigress, who has the most ShipTease with Po, refused to eat his food and instead stoically eat her tofu. She didn't warm up to him until the end of the first movie.
* The song [[http://www.lyricskeeper.com/mulan_soundtrack-lyrics/78065-a_girl_worth_fighting_for-lyrics.htm A Girl Worth Fighting For]] from ''{{Mulan}}'' references this. One soldier's ideal girl has pale skin and bright, shining eyes; the second's will be wooed by his great strength; the third only cares if she's a good cook.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':
** James explicitly talks about the good feelings that good cooking brings.
** Tiana reminds Charlotte of this, and Charlotte commissions food from her for the purpose.
** Later on, when Naveen wants to [[spoiler:propose to Tiana]], he prepares her some minced vegetables. Nothing but big piles of minced vegetables. In this case [[CharacterDevelopment it's really a symbolic gesture]], as he worked hard for a change (and mincing is the only culinary skill Tiana had taught him).
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Bill Engvall references this in ''[[Series/BlueCollarComedy Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again]]'' during the "I Believe..." closing act. He says, "The way to a man's heart is not through his stomach... it's a little further south."
* Played with in ''Film/MiamiBlues'' when a woman intentionally cooks a terrible pie to test her hoodlum boyfriend. He pretends to like it and she takes this as a sign that their relationship is a sham.
* Added, quite unnecessarily, to the film of ''TheLordOfTheRings'': Éowyn makes a stew for Aragorn... [[LethalChef which is not tasty.]]
* A villainous version in ''[[Film/TheOmegaCode Megiddo: The Omega Code 2]]'', Stone TheAntichrist assumes power by feeding the world population, which he uses to create his one world order. He even states, "The quickest way to a mans heart is through his stomach."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/IronDruidChronicles'' features a rather interesting example. Iron elementals eat magic. Fey are magical beings. Atticus befriends an iron elemental called Ferris by feeding it the Fey scouts [[BigBad Aenghus Og]] sends to find him. [[spoiler: Then he kicks Aenghus Og's butt using, among other things, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain a magical talisman that he made with Ferris's help]]]].
* In the ExpandedUniverse ''Series/DoctorWho'' Eighth Doctor novels, it's noted that the Doctor has an "almost maternal urge" to feed [[TrueCompanions his friends.]]
* In the ''Literature/KateDaniels'' novels, shapechangers ascribe ritual significance to food. Buying someone dinner at a restaurant is a symbol of affection; actually placing food into another's hands is an incredibly intimate gesture. Becomes a plot point when Kate unknowingly accepts food from a shapechanger's hands; she's accepting a sexual proposition and acknowledging his dominion over her.
* Comes up in the young adult novel ''[[Literature/DarkestPowers The Awakening]]'' by Kelley Armstrong. When Derek first sees Chloe again, he offers her food and asks about her injury. His romantic rival for Chloe's affections even comments that Derek is "showing him up". Later, Derek acts a bit of a mother hen over Chloe, making her a bed of tarps, offering her his sweatshirt, and giving her his last granola bar. So it came as no surprise when a new character instantly observed that Derek considered Chloe [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent his mate]].
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', it is explained that Agnes is fat because in her homeland, men are urged to choose their wives by checking out the plumpness of the family: it shows how good the cooking is.
** "Young men of Lancre were advised that while kisses eventually lost their fire, cooking actually tended to get BETTER over the years."
** Also parodied in another book. Assassins trained by the Assassin's Guild know to carry their knives low: the easiest way to a man's heart actually ''is'' through his stomach... then up through the diaphragm.
** Also mentioned in Vimes and Sybil's marriage—she can't cook worth beans, but luckily, Vimes actually enjoys bacon he can shatter and rubbery bits in his eggs.
* Mat Cauthon of the ''{{Wheel of Time}}'' believes that if you get a woman to start feeding you, she is halfway won. He happens to be right.
** And this is inverted when Tylin tries to deprive him of food to get him in her bed.
* In Brian Jacques's ''{{Redwall}}'' Cornflower's [[NiceGirl generosity and beneficience]] are shown by having her perpetually cooking for all the defenders, who all regard her highly. (Even though she is the LoveInterest, not so much specifically for Matthias.)
* In Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Summer Knight'', a sidhe offers him mortal food, and he [[EngagingConversation jestingly says, "Marry me,"]] before eating. She expolits the trope to keep him from asking questions she doesn't want to answer.
* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos The Orphans of Chaos]]'', Vanity offers to cook for Glum, which lets them manipulate him. She's not an objectively very good cook, but Amelia notes that whatever she makes is mysteriously delicious.
** In ''Titans of Chaos'', after Amelia offers Victor some papaya, he says she would make some man a good wife. She spends a ''long'' time pondering [[EngagingConversation what exactly he meant]]. In a slight twist, Victor is normally a better cook than she is.
* Bryan Davis' ''The Eye of the Oracle'', Mara feeds Elam from her hand through a hole in the wall when they're imprisoned by Morgan. Later in the series, when they meet face to face and fall in love, Elam often recalls this incident, and at one point vows to give his life to defend "the girl who risked her life to feed me." Their "I love you" hand signal, wiggling fingers, is specifically stated to hark back to that.
* Subverted in ''Literature/BetsyTacy''. Betsy claims that Tib's stolid German cooking would be a disillusioning experience for any boy, no matter how good the food is. Further subverted by the fact that Betsy herself only learns how to cook after marriage, with her husband doing most of the cooking before.
* In LMMontgomery's ''TheBlueCastle'', Barney is much taken with Valancy's cooking.
* In Charles Dickens' ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'', Barkis decides to marry Peggotty without even speaking to her, just by eating a pie she made. He proposes by sending a message via David: "Barkis is willin'."
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy, Katniss [[BigEater really loves to eat]], and she's particularly fond of Peeta's cheese buns, which he brings her all the time in ''Catching Fire'' (despite the fact that things are still pretty awkward between them, and she's now rich enough to just ''buy'' bread). This trope is almost [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] to begin with, though: when they were younger, Peeta caught a beating from his mother to provide Katniss with two loaves of bread that saved her and her mother and sister from starvation... and she so [[DebtDetester loathed the debt she felt towards him]] that she avoided him until the games forced them together. It's played straight as a manifestation of his character, though.
** In the movie, Peeta felt immense guilt over tossing her the bread (as opposed to taking it to her) way back when Katniss and her family were starving, because he later felt like he was treating her like a starving dog (Katniss herself couldn't care less about that and is rather oblivious to his feelings regarding the matter.)
* In DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AllieBeckstrom Magic in the Shadows]]'', Maeve brings Allie food and tells her to eat it -- without magical Influence, but so motherly that she obeys.
* [[spoiler:Andine]] does this to [[spoiler:Eliar]] in David Edding's ''The Redemption of Althalus''. Particularly ironic since the former initially wanted to subject the latter to a slow and horrible death for killing her father. Of course, they had divine interference.
* In RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', Sunshine herself, and many others in her immediate family, have the impulse to feed people in general. [[spoiler:At the end, she is deeply distressed when she realizes she can't feed a house-guest merely because he's a vampire. This is settled when he can drink orange juice.]]
* In LMMontgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' books, Gilbert gives the newly engaged Miss Cordelia the rules his mother was told to manage a man. The second is "Feed him well."
* In ItaloCalvino's ''Literature/{{Cosmicomics}}'', Mrs. Ph(i)Nko's desire to feed them all noodles caused the Big Bang.
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's VorkosiganSaga novel ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', Tej defends watching for Ivan on the ground he's bringing dinner, and Rish says her suitors should have brought provisions rather than high connections.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'': Twisted into knots in "Cool Hands, Luke and Bo." There's no benevolent (and definitely no loving) affection between Col. Cassius Claybourne and his longtime rival, Boss Hogg, only Claybourne's desire to gain revenge on his longtime enemy and wipe him out financially and in so many other ways ... by exploiting his appetite. Before it's done, Boss has eaten chicken, mashed potatoes, blueberry pie, chocolate cake and other high-calorie dishes, and Claybourne has gotten the mortgages to the Boar's Nest, Hazzard Bank, Cooter's Garage, the Boar's Nest, Hogg's used car lot and every other property in Hazzard County.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': The old lady who becomes something of a mother figure to Monk in one episode wins him over by making cubic muffins.
* Mellie and her incessant pasta-making on ''{{Dollhouse}}''. Despite being a single woman who lives alone, she seems to make lasagne in gigantic portions. It's no real surprise that it works on Ballard.
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', as part of an experiment to increase Sheldon's feelings for her, Amy served him is favorite meal when he was a kid: spaghetti with cut-up pieces of hot dog in it. It worked.
* The early paid program [[http://www.archive.org/details/YoungMan1952 ''A Young Man's Fancy'']] (first aired in 1952 and later featured on MST3K episode # 610 ''The Violent Years'') has a mother give this advice to her daughter Judy who is trying to win the heart of the ergonomics-obsessed Alexander Phipps. Judy's response is, "Oh, mother that's corny!" In the end the power of food and an electric kitchen win the day.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** In the episode "Safe", River shows her gratitude by gathering some berries for Simon.
* Pointedly played with in ''{{NCIS}}'', where Ziva cooks for everyone ''except'' Tony. He is stunned that she's holding dinner parties for absolutely everyone else they work with, including the "autopsy gremlin!" Eventually, she promises to cook for him, but we never see any of the scenes. For more information, see "Boxed In" from Season 3; Ziva's decision to cook for Tony is a result of them spending the episode LockedInARoom.
* In a clip from the TalkShow ''Maury'', a woman accused another woman of luring away her man by cooking him chicken tetrazzini. ([[spoiler:It worked. He was cheating on her.]]) That clip later became a RunningGag on ''TheSoup''.
* On ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', after Nathan has been basically homeless and living on vending machine snacks for five weeks, Kelly finally takes pity on him and cooks him dinner one evening. And the spectacular banquet she prepares for him? Chicken nuggets and spaghetti hoops.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Nathan]]:''' I didn't realise you were a trained chef.
* In ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Christine Chapel shows her concern (and feelings) for Spock by bringing him Vulcan food.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the first episode of the 4th season "The Way of the Warrior" begins with Captain Sisko welcoming his girlfriend Kasidy Yates back to the station with a gift and an extensive romantic dinner that is, unfortunately, interrupted very quickly.
-->'''Sisko:''' My father always said that the way to a woman's heart is through her stomach.
-->'''Kasidy:''' So it's my heart you're after?
** Averted later on when Kasidy and Ben are married. Sisko is shown throughout to, unusually for Star Trek, prefer cooking real food rather than eating out of a replicator, largely because his father is a chef. Kasidy tries to cook for him and burns the peppers he'd been growing for months, then agrees that she's best off leaving the cooking to him.
-->'''Sisko:''' No one touches my peppers.
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'' where Captain Sheridan attempts to cook Minbari food for Delenn. She's absolutely delighted... until she actually [[VomitDiscretionShot tastes]] it.
* On ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Walter accuses [[spoiler: Alt-Livia]] of "us[ing his] stomach to get through to [his] heart" (by buying him [[GeniusSweetTooth pastries]].)
* Eliot on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' uses a platonic variant on the team as a whole. And it's adorable.
* On one occasion in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Crichton secures Jool's help by bribing her with the location of Rygel's stash of ''wamelon'' cake.
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Makoto is seen cooking rice curry for Motoki, who is sick. Four years later, guess who's hooked up with whom? (Mind you, she also cooked for Rei and Ami...)
** Usagi also tries to win Mamoru's heart with Valentine's Day chocolate.
* Probably the main reason for the continuing marriage of Frank and Marie from ''EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* The male example from ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Special Agent Frank Lundy cooks dinner for Debra. He barely starts though.
* ''Series/{{Gilmore Girls}}'': Lane's boyfriend Zach who was for a long time her friend, band-mate and room-mate prepares romantic dinner for her when he plans sleeping with her for the first time. Lane was completely oblivious and then shocked when she got it.
* In ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'', a woman rescued by Parker baked some cupcakes to thank the entire team. But Jules pointed out later, that those cupcakes were specifically made for Parker (to hint at her interest/affection for him).
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Phoebe once imagines a possible future where [[SupremeChef Monica]] is married to a very visibly overweight [[BigEater Joey]] instead of Chandler. She cooks for him and feeds him with delight.
** One of the flashbacks in the series also reveals that an infatuated Monica was convinced to become a chef after she made some macaroni and cheese for Chandler and he told her that she should become one.
* Played for drama in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', where the house cook discovers that her prospective husband is only interested in her excellent cooking. When she's not around, he flirts with every woman in sight.
* Is a RunningGag for an episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', where Fitz is called away for his first major field mission without Simmons, who expresses her anxiety over the situation by painstakingly making him his incredibly specific favourite sandwich to take with him. Tragically, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich the sandwich does not survive to get eaten]], but Fitz is obviously touched by the gesture and, when she asks, simply tells her it was delicious.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the {{Vocaloid}} song "Shotarella", Kaito falls in love with Len simply because he gave him "bananaisu"
** Happens again in Kaito's version of Melt when he falls for a girl that offers him her ice cream
* Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy" (which recommends marrying an ugly woman) has this exchange:
-->'''Bachelor''': "Hey, man, I seen your wife the other day..."
-->'''Husband''': "Yeah?"
-->'''Bachelor''': "Man, she ugleeeeeeeee! Woo!"
-->'''Husband''': "Yeah, well, she may be ugly, but she sure can ''cook!''"
* Inverted in "Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch" by WeirdAlYankovic, in which he claims:
-->There's only one thing that they all like a bunch:
-->Oh, girls just wanna have lunch...
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[[folder:Myths and Legends]]
* In Sumerian myth, Inanna wanted to marry the farmer Enkimdu, but her brother Utu wanted to her marry the shepherd Dumuzi. Dumuzi confronts her and argues, scornfully comparing the dates and other foods the farmer could give her to the cheeses, yogurts, and other dairy products he could. This won the day. As a consequence, her temples maintain massive herds of sheep for the offering of butter and cheese necessary for her worship.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In John Guare's play ''The House of Blue Leaves'', Bunny will sleep with Artie anytime, but won't cook for him till after they're married.
-->'''Bunny:''' Because, Artie, I'm a rotten lay and I know it and you know it and everybody knows it-
-->'''Artie:''' What do you mean, [[ReallyGetsAround everybody knows it]]?
-->'''Bunny:''' (...) So if I cooked for you now and said I won't sleep with you till we're married, you'd look forward to sleeping with me so much that by the time we got to that motel near Hollywood, I'd be such a disappointment, you'd never forgive me. My cooking is the only thing I got to lure on you with and hold you with. Artie, we got to keep some magic for the honeymoon.
* In the musical ''OfTheeISing'', the principal qualification of Mary Turner for her successful bid to become the wife of John P. Wintergreen and First Lady of the United States is her ability to "bake the best darned corn muffins you ever ate." Now, Wintergreen may have made a campaign promise to marry the winner of an Atlantic City beauty contest, but the winner's chances of making him honor his promise are doomed when he finds out she can't make corn muffins.
* "Mr. and Mrs. Rorer" from the Bolton, [[Creator/PGWodehouse Wodehouse]] & Kern musical ''Sitting Pretty''.
* In ''Theatre/TheMoonIsBlue'', Patty jumps at the chance to cook dinner for Don in his apartment (though he has to buy the groceries first), and David tells him after dinner that she has been trying to invoke this trope:
-->"The dinner was excellent. Now having established a beach-head in your heart, she's landing in full force on your whole bosom with this dish-washing, see-what-a-superb-housekeeper-I-am routine."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jam cooks for Ky Kiske in one of her endings in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear XX''. Granted, she is a professional cook and [[TheCape he]] helped her to find who had nearly destroyed her beloved restaurant, but her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WroZYR25hCU#t=8m10s facial expression and body language leave no doubt about her intentions.]] [[spoiler:Though this ends up subverted in that Ky ultimately falls for ''someone else'' -- Dizzy.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the main character can occasionally cook for his friends. If the food is good, this will cause a increased RelationshipValues.
** Yukiko and Rise both attempt to invoke this throughout the game. They are outright [[LethalChef Lethal Chefs]] however. Though Rise wouldn't be that bad [[FireBreathingDiner if she laid off the spices]].
* In the portable version of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', a female main character can opt to cook Ken Amada's favorite dish for him. However, the context in which this scene takes place is entirely up to the player. Interestingly, you level up the rank before you get to the discussion on why she made the meal.
** More generally, during [[LethalChef Fuuka's]] Social Link the female protagonist can also make a number of sweets which can be given as gifts during weekend dates; these always go over famously.
* Parodied in one of the female troll joke emotes in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': "Da way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but I go through da ribcage."
* In the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games, you can raise affection points with many characters by giving them the kind of food they like.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', [[BigEater Ilyana]] is noted in base conversations (as well as her supports with Zihark, Gatrie and [[LesYay Mia's Foot]]) to deprive soldiers of their food with her [[{{Moe}} cuteness]] (and then forget their names).
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', this seems to be a sort-of theme for several characters:
** In Sumia and Chrom's supports, she bakes him a series of savory pies (a bento in the Japanese version) in hopes of both winning his heart ''and'' help him outside the battlefield. If she's married, her "gift" reply to her husband on an event tile is her showing him that she has made lunch for him... [[CuteClumsyGirl even if she dropped it twice]] -- this event shows up regardless of ''who'' said husband is [[note]](Chrom, boy!Avatar, Frederick, Gaius or Henry)[[/note]], so it shows that she cooks for '''all''' of her love interests and not just for Chrom, [[DieForOurShip regardless of what the fandom says.]]
** Kellam can have two girls cooking for him... not bad or a guy [[WhoIsThisGuyAgain who's often forgotten]]. On one hand, Lissa bakes him a "rainbow-filled" pie [[LethalChef but it doesn't go that well]]. On the other, Olivia makes rock candy for him with [[ChekhovsGun some honey that he brought her before]] [[SweetTooth and it works much better]].
** Gaius invokes the trope several times too. He tries to win the aforementioned Olivia's heart with pies [[spoiler:and proposes to her via hiding a ring inside a tart he baked for her]], helps Lissa improve her cooking, and a good part of his supports with Sumia include their EpicFail at finding honey for pies. (She manages to bake him a cake in the end.)
** Stahl wins Panne's trust and affection over by trying to come up with meals she can enjoy with the others. This one's quite justified: being a Taguel instead of a human (meaning she has the dietary needs of a rabbit, the animal that the Taguel are based from), there are several things that Panne simply ''cannot'' eat, lest she'll get sick or even die.
** As a NinjaMaid, Cherche is said to be a pretty good cook too. Her ending with Stahl has him actually ''gaining weight'' from eating all of her delicious food.
** Mixed gender example: [[PlayerCharacter the Avatar]] (whether male or female) makes a carrot stew for the aforementioned Panne. S/he is a LethalChef. Panne loves it anyway.
*** The male Avatar starts cooking for Nah in their A Support after seeing that her diet consists of little more than berries, leaves, and roots. She ''greatly'' appreciates the gesture because [[spoiler:in the BadFuture, where Nah was raised by scornful foster parents, food was scarce, which was especially a problem for a half-dragon like Nah, as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent manaketes]] require [[BigEater far more food than humans to survive]].]]
** [[StalkerWithACrush Tharja]], in her attempts to get closer to the Avatar (regardless of gender), tries her hand at [[GenkiGirl "acting normal"]] and cooks [[YourFavorite their favorite meal]]: ''liver-and-eel pie''. The Avatar is taken aback by Tharja's drastic change in personality (even saying that [[WeWantOurJerkBack they preferred her old habits]]), [[BizarreTasteInFood but they DO find the pie in itself to be delicious]].
** [[spoiler: Tharja's daughter]] Noire is an excellent baker. Her supports with Owain show her baking for him, and if she supports with a Male Avatar [[spoiler: who's not her dad]] he agrees to go out in a date with her to taste her cakes.
** The "gift" reply from event tiles involving [[spoiler: Cordelia's daughter]] Severa have her giving her lover something she baked for him. Being a {{tsundere}}, she immediately tells him "don't you DARE complain about the taste!"
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', romantic interactions often trigger the wish to cook the lover's [[YourFavorite favorite meal]].
* ''Innocent Until Caught 2: Presumed Guilty'' starts with LovableRogue Jack T. Ladd being arrested by CowboyCop Ysanne Andropath. She refuses to feed him until she drops him in jail, he reminds her that "the path to a man's heart is through his stomach", but she replies that she prefers more direct ways. Like [[CruelAndUnusualDeath disembowelment with a blaster ray]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Aquapazza}}'', Tamaki tries this with her romantic interest in her ending... by adding [[MindControl Aquapazza]] to the dish.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Kotonoha in ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' tries this. She's a LethalChef, but unusually enough actually seems to get better at it as the show progresses.
** Just about the ''only'' thing that gets better as the show progresses. Everything else...[[FromBadToWorse not so much]].
*** At least in the anime and manga. You ''can'' have things go better in the visual novel -- but only if you play your cards right and keep Makoto's {{jerkass}} behavior at bay.
* A recurring theme throughout ''{{Shuffle}}'' is that all of Rin's potential girlfriends try to win him over by cooking. Despite this, it is a coincidence that the best cook ends up winning him over. When he stops eating Kaede's food, it is a sign that he is neglecting her. [[{{Yandere}} And we know where that brings us.]]
* An inordinate amount of time in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' seems to be spent on cooking. Shirou, Rin and Sakura can cook (different styles, but they can all cook) Taiga can't. Saber mainly just [[BigEater eats]].
** Sakura is the one actually trying for this trope with Shirou. It's somewhat ironic, considering that ''[[RealMenWearPink he's]]'' the one who taught ''[[ParentalAbandonment her]]'' how to cook. Still, she eagerly learns as much as she can, from him and on her own, and he proudly acknowledges that she's managed to surpass him.
** [[{{Tsukihime}} Kohaku]] uses this method to get closer to Saber in BattleMoonWars after Shiro warns her not to over do it because Saber will never forget a meal. She does the exact opposite.
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'':
** Mayucchi usually makes, or offers to make food on the days when the [[TeamMom dorm mother]] is off. In her route, she does this all the time for Yamato.
** Miyako also attempts this on a regular basis, but unfortunately for her, her [[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce usual choice of fare]] is not exactly [[FireBreathingDiner popular with Yamato]].
** Episode 5 of the anime also features ''everyone'', including the guys and [[RobotBuddy Cookie]], catching on to Mayuuchi's idea, and showers him with whatever food they happen to carry. For added hilarity, Momoyo mentions that she's eaten half her yakisoba-pan (bread filled with noodles), which would mean an indirect kiss. This causes the rest of the girls to take bites out of what they gave him.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', this comes up a few times: Haruka cooks for Riki multiple times in her route, partially to earn his affection [[spoiler:and is really distressed when she realises that he's been unknowingly eating Kanata's food as well, and even preferred hers.]] Kurugaya also offers to make bento for Riki, though after they've started going out. Masato turns it around - his idea for how a guy should confess to a girl is to just go up to her and declare 'from tomorrow, you're going to be making me bento every day!' All of his demonstrations of this line fail, however.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', in Rin's route Hisao learns that her TrademarkFavoriteFood is oranges. A later scene shows him bringing oranges, peeling them and feeding them to her.
* In ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', if you go into a date with [[CuteBookworm Remi]], she'll arrive late. It turns out she was making a ''bento'' for him, with this trope on mind.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The parental version occurs in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' when Bob finally breaks through [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Galatea's]] paranoia by serving her some [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080906.html microwave pizza,]] the first civilized meal she's ever had.
* At one point, Faye of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' turns this on it's head, proclaiming that "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. That way, you don't have to chop through that pesky ribcage." Also [[ShipTease kinda]] played straight [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=207 here]].
* In ''ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue3/ib056.html Janna the innkeeper likes keeping her guests fed.]]
* In ''NipAndTuck'', visiting ex-military man Corporal Bo wonders why all the local ladies keep bringing him food. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00372.html Nip uses the Trope Naming expression word for word.]] Somewhat inverted; while Corporal Bo goes on to marry, his bride isn't one of the local girls who fed him.
** A few strips later, Nip and Tuck's mother gives Bo the parental version as well; chicken and biscuits, all homemade.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2303 Monique takes it too literally.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3188 Fuchsia wants to cook Criminy's breakfast.]]
** Percy thinks the Author is god for giving him food.
** The coffee house lady provides food generally, [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4146 to Fuchsia]] and [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4342 to Tangerine and Li'l E]], as [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4375 TLC]] to [[HeartwarmingOrphan Orphantron]]. [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4439 Plus Halloween candy.]]
* In ''{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/allfur-13/#.T2_Ifdm6SuI the king is much taken with All Fur's soup.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100616 Snaug brings Moloch a snack.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00581.html the panel when Arlen says he discovered that a woman's touch about the place has its advantages shows her putting a plate of food before him.]]
* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'' had this twice: Faith [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/regain_your_energy made some food]] twice for Tiffany, who saved her [[spoiler:from an enraged vampire -- [[BullyingADragon which was Faith's own fault]] -- by giving her own blood, and got drained too much -- which ''also'' was entirely Faith's fault]] -- both to fix blood loss and to seduce her. But she is a [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/a_terrible_cook terrible cook]]. Jacqui later made some [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/want_some_waffles waffles]] for her fallback boyfriend (and Faith's brother) Paul.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00858.htm Helix observes that canines -- like Florence -- only need to be fed to be loyal.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00924.htm Sam notes that eating together is obviously a deep need for Florence.]]
** Somewhat justified; as Florence repeatedly points out in the early strips, canines apply social rank based on who eats first. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00915.htm This, she points out, can lead to some interesting differences from human rank structures...]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'',
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0890.html Mr. Scruffy's dream of the perfect life is one where Belkar is endlessly readying fish for him.]]
** The flashback to Durkon's mother ends with her preparing a grilled cheese sandwich for him at his request.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a ''MickeyMouseWorks'' short, Minnie becomes tired of eating the same sandwiches at picnics because Mickey can't cook. When Mickey later sees Minnie talking to José Carioca (of all people) about how he's going to prepare her a gourmet meal, he panics (thinking that Minnie wants to date José because of his cooking ability) and tries to learn how to cook. Minnie tells him that's not necessary, because she was just hiring José to cater their picnics. Guess what José prepares...
* Attempted in ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' by Berry to Bloo, with snicker-doodles. Fails miserably, [[HoYay it seems Bloo only has eyes for Mac]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' The Kanker Sisters attempted to win over the Eds with three extremely greasy and unhealthy burgers, topped with pure lard. As Lee Kanker said, "The way to a man's heart is through his arteries."
* ''JimmyTwoShoes'': Heloise attempts this on a semi-regular basis to win Jimmy's affections, including snacks "whipped up from scratch" and two very complete picnics ([[BigEater Beezy and Cerbee]] ruined the first). For an independent career woman, Heloise takes a surprising amount of pride in her cooking skills.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': Larry often tries to serve Tuddrussel exotic and often bizarre food that he prepared, such as a turkey stuffed with gravy and with a single cherry on top. He declares at one point during an argument over the food, "I was trying to do something special."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a platonic (or [[LesYay not quite]]) example when Applejack butters up Twilight by offering her a huge selection of treats in exchange for the second ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala. It doesn't work.
* In the 1937 [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "I Only Have Eyes for You", a lonely spinster tries to woo an iceman with her culinary talents. It initially fails since he only has eyes for another girl who is only interested in crooners. The iceman hires a voice imitator and hides him in the back of his ice-truck so he can pretend to be a crooner. The scheme ultimately fails but everything still works out for the best. The girl falls in love with the voice imitator and the iceman is won over by the spinster's cooking.
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* Cooking a meal for someone is a good way to show you care, and will gain favor with anyone.
* Zigzagged in real life by [[BigEater feedees]], [[ChubbyChaser feeders]] and [[RuleThirtyFour foodees]] who find feeding somebody or being fed by somebody, [[BigEater especially stuffing them as much as possible,]] to be a kind of foreplay.
* Feeding is also a very good way of winning over an animal, especially a domesticated one.
** in TV and movies, an animal actor's food is essentially their salary. Result: Once the animal's appetite is satiated, they're pretty much done for the day (not always the case for domesticated animal actors, but for wild animal actors, once they've eaten their fill they tend to prefer the strange bald creatures let them rest)
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