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->''"Is this the kind of wife you want, Ben? Not someone to help you, not a wife to cook and sew and cry and need, but this kind. Selfish, vain, useless. Is this what you really want?"''
-->-- '''Eve''', ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries, "Mudd's Women"''

If a female character is feminine, she will be able to cook. If she isn't, then any and all attempts to cook will [[EpicFail end in failure]] or [[LethalChef poison the consumer.]] Thus the GirlyGirl will be a better cook than the {{Tomboy}}.

By feminine we mean traditional [[HouseWife domestically-focused wife-like roles]]. Being [[TheVamp sexy]] isn't enough to qualify. You can also lose femininity by becoming [[{{Kawaiiko}} overly childish and cute]]. We are talking about a traditionalist grown woman femininity here; The Wife of TheThreeFacesOfEve.

Keep in mind that this trope refers to ''home'' cooking, not professional cookery. (Although working in a restaurant may still be counted as one of the AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits depending on how it's presented.) Younger tropers might be surprised to learn that before the 1980s, women were generally not allowed to work as professional chefs. The excuse usually given was that the work was "too physically hard" for women, but in reality the common belief was that although a woman could make an adequate home cook, she could ''never'' be a real chef, because [[DoubleStandard being a chef took a certain genius]] that no woman could possibly ever, ''ever'' have. The resistance to women working as professional chefs was so strong that some women who tried ended up having to leave the profession to protect themselves from sexual harassment and violence. Thus Colette in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' can cook and be a fiery feminist heroine at the same time - as she points out, she ''has'' to be a fiery cook in order to become a chef at all.

This trope is fairly recent, as before the arrival of electric and gas ranges (and of packaged meat) cookery was dirty, hard work that if anything ''sharply'' detracted from a woman’s perceived femininity, especially in a time when ‘true’ femininity was considered to be possessed only by the genteel. A proper lady living in the 18th or 19th century might make preserves or distill perfumes or medicines - and would have a stillroom in which to do so - but (as Mrs. Bennet rightly points out in ''Pride & Prejudice'') would not be caught dead even so much as walking into her own kitchen, let alone cooking in it.

Compare the male equivalent ManlyMenCanHunt for traditionally male activities in which modern successful men lose the ability to perform manly abilities as a function of their "sacrifices" for success. Fishing, car repair, hunting, plumbing, carpentry, etc.

Compare also HarpOfFemininity, an alternative and somewhat more refined way to emphasize a woman's femininity. Also compare TextileWorkIsFeminine, which is similar but has fallen more victim to the UsefulNotes/IndustrialRevolution. Also see ThroughHisStomach for one use a feminine woman can put it to -- whether in a romantic or maternal situation.

Not to be confused StayInTheKitchen which, despite its name, isn't exactly related to this trope, although they can overlap.



* American food companies in the 1950s tried to wrap up their mixes and other convenience foods as an easier way to cook, because otherwise women resisted them, fearing they would fall afoul of this trope if they used them. (They still resisted even with it, just not so much.)

* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Akane Tendo's utter inability to cook symbolizes her tomboy inner nature, despite her preference for feminine garb. The fact that she ''desperately'' wants to learn to cook is a way of showing that she ''wants'' to be more feminine, like her idolized older sister Kasumi. Ironically, WholesomeCrossdresser Ukyo's superlative cooking ability (she's a professional chef) is one indication that her inner nature is actually ''more'' feminine than dress-loving Akane. The only thing they have in common is [[GirlyBruiser martial arts.]]
** It's hinted that Nabiki Tendo can't cook, and can't be bothered to try, and prefers extremely expensive takeout instead. Since she is described as lacking a maiden's heart, the lack of cooking ability follows.
** Ranma is also able to cook basic meals, despite being a boy who hates being cursed to turn into a girl. His mother (unaware that the redheaded girl is the same person as her son) once compliments "her" cooking and immediately follows up with "You'll make a wonderful wife!" simply because of this skill. Needless to say, Ranma was not amused.
* Inverted in ''Manga/DNAngel'': the tomboyish Riku Harada can cook while her girly-girl sister Risa is a bona-fide LethalChef. This is justified by their personalities: Riku is more hardworking and responsible while Risa is more spoiled and childish (she gets better in the manga).
* Aoba in ''Manga/CrossGame'' is the Tomboy category, while her feminine sister Wakaba can cook quite well.
* Inverted in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate, who are independent, [[PersonOfMassDestruction highly destructive]] {{Action Girl}}s with glowing military careers, are all revealed [[AllThereInTheManual in supplementary material]] to be good cooks in their own right. The LethalChef of the series? Why, it's the TeamMom and WhiteMagicianGirl, Shamal, of course![[note]]Justified since Nanoha's parents own a bakery and she's been helping around household chores since before season 1, while Hayate used to be a [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist crippled girl living on her own]], and the first episodes of A's shows her cooking, ''while in a wheelchair''. Fate, meanwhile, is revealed in [[ComicBookAdaptation one of the manga chapters]] to have been taught how to cook by Linith, Precia's CatGirl familiar who raised her before the events of the first season.[[/note]]
** Dieci is also revealed to be one of the more feminine Numbers, and being one of the best cooks. However, her sisters [[{{Tomboy}} Subaru]] and [[OneOfTheKids Sein]] are also excellent cooks, the latter at least fits the excellent parts, the former is known for cooking [[BigEater a lot of amount of food]].
* [[CordonBleughChef Orihime Inoue]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has both tomboyish (likes sci-fi, wears track pants and t-shirts in the Soul Society arc) and girlish (nurturing personality, BarrierWarrior powers, wears her hair VERY long) traits and can cook. Being a CloudCuckooLander ''and'' an ExtremeOmnivore, her meals consist of so many strange combinations, most people aren't willing to try her food to discover this. The few who do (such as Tessai and Rangiku), discover that there is genius in the madness and that her meals are well-cooked and taste good. She also holds down a part-time job in a bakery.
* In ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', the anime in particular, cute lead character Misaki is an excellent cook and is told that she'll make a good bride someday. Her tomboyish and violent best friend, Kizaki Tamayo, begins to get jealous of her ability when it looks like Misaki will win the boy they both like, Koutarou: he loves Misaki's food, but Tamayo can't even crack an egg right. In an odd twist, this is expanded upon ''much'' more in the version in which Tamayo [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend *does* win]], and barely glossed over in the one where she [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend loses]].
* Parodied in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', where the girly girl Nia becomes a sort-of [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter The Minnesota Fats]] for the local CoolBigSis Yoko since she's good at almost everything… until the BeachEpisode shows that Nia is a ''horrid'' cook: whatever she cooks looks delicious, but it knocks out most people who taste it (poor Rossiu spent a whole episode out of commission!). Although her {{Love Interest|s}} Simon genuinely likes her cooking, even if no one else does. In one of the spin off manga, it's shown Kamina would have loved her food too. So who knows, [[RatedMForManly maybe its food fit for only the manliest of men/women.]]
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', tomboy Makoto (AKA Sailor Jupiter) is the easily the best cook of the group. A Manga sidestory that focuses on her shows she cooks and does house work when stressed or depressed, even if it stops more important things like studying for entrance exams. Because of suggestions it ultimately relates to her femininity complex, this aspect is [[ValuesDissonance reinterpreted in some adaptations]] as having a professional interest in running restaurants.
* Rosetta Passel from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' is shown as an absolute disaster at the kitchen and housekeeping, since she's practically lived on tour her whole life and has rarely had the chance to experience what a true home life is. She gets a bit better with Sora's help. On the other hand, the initially very childish and immature May Wong is an excellent chef... and is both tomboyish (VERY pushy and straightforward) and girlish (very feminine looks)
* Subverted with Tokine from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}''. Despite being publicly known as a YamatoNadeshiko and having a mother who knows how to cook well, her attempts at cooking have all ended in failure. This probably falls under that note for type 2s, as her LoveInterest is a baking otaku, and is probably at least competent at cooking non-sweet foods.
* A massive [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in ''Anime/ShakuganNoShana'' comes when it turns out that NinjaMaid Wilhelmina, loyal servant and ParentalSubstitute to Shana, [[LethalChef can't cook to save her life]].
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' subverted this as well - Anthy Himemiya, despite being extremely feminine, is a LethalChef whose cooking is so terrible it actually explodes. Then causes people to switch bodies. [[spoiler:It's pretty obvious she did that one on purpose to mess with people - under that demure exterior is enough frustration and broken, passive-aggressive malice to power a small town, due to her horrifying past and her current role as the Rose Bride that forces her into a passive DamselInDistress role -- whether she wants to or not.]] Normally she fulfils this trope to a tee, being essentially in charge of cooking and cleaning in Utena's dorm and despite of only two people living there, repeatedly produces veritable feasts for dinner.
* In ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'', Isabella is constantly feeding everyone her exquisite traditional Japanese dishes. Coupled with her extremely feminine, motherly and caring demeanor, she's the closest the series gets to a YamatoNadeshiko... apart from some [[{{transgender}} embarrassing biological details]].
* In ''Tori Koro'', Yae is the only one in the three main girls who can cook (and only thing she can do good, she's bad at both physically (except baseball) and academically), provoking ire from others that she's more feminine than them.
* ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'': [[AnIcePerson Yukime]] dreams of cooking delicious meals to her love interest, Nube, and when he can't enjoy them (since [[AlienLunch they're frozen solid]], her being a [[{{Youkai}} Yuki-onna]] and all) she's upset at her own lack of skill more than his own refusal.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', the HotBlooded Rosette can't cook. In a flashback, Chrono is shown ''foaming at the mouth'' when he first tries one of Rosette's cookies. Later, she's shown to have improved enough that her food is edible, but it still ''looks'' disgusting. In comparison, [[{{Meido}} Fiore's]] cooking is to die for, and in the anime Azmaria and Chrono (of all people!) are both shown to be good cooks, as well.
* ''Manga/TheWallflower'': Sunako is an excellent cook, at least with Japanese food, and it's one of the big signs that she really is BeautifulAllAlong and Feminine All Along.
* Shimura Tae from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' can be considered a subversion of the Type 3 variant of this trope; she definitely fits the bill character-wise, although she capriciously vaults back and forth in between feminine innocence and tomboyish wrath whenever somebody offends her or [[StalkerWithACrush impinges upon her privacy]]. She has repeatedly stated to only know how to boil eggs, and even then the resulting product is always a blackened and inedible pulp much to the chagrin of the people she was cooking for. As a result of this RunningGag, her younger brother Shinpachi usually does the cooking in her household.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** Hinagiku is shown as a wonderful cook despite her Tomboy exterior. Her attempts to bring attention to her ability symbolizes her trying to show her feminine side more.
** Hayate is a great cook and continually shown to be so feminine a boy he can be mistaken for a girl. Hayate is shown to be hyper-qualified at everything he does.
** Maria is depicted as skilled at everything. So good cooking ability plays into that as well.
** Nagi is shown to be a LethalChef- another clue that she's a {{Tomboy}} and still too immature to be a woman (and therefor at a disadvantage in her romantic pursuits).
* In ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'', Shuurei, the protagonist, is the first ''ever'' woman politician in her country, and she is an excellent cook. Her red bean buns in particular are much loved by the other characters.
* In ''Manga/AiKora'', tomboyish {{ninja}} girl Kirino is revealed to be an excellent cook.
* As seen above, Sumire from ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus''. The [[YoungerThanTheyLook slightly older]] Gothic Loli Lucia however could not cook well until Sumire taught her. Another variation that appears is that Sumire has a liking for flower arrangement.
* In one episode of ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'', Mako goes to see a famous fortune teller, who asks her to make something from a plate of cocktail weenies. She then rejects Mako's Weenie Eiffel Tower, telling her that "a girl who can't even do a lick of cooking will die tomorrow," and that she'll only become a woman when she can cook, clean, and do the laundry. The character was based on Kazuko Hosoki, an actual famous fortune teller, who had very conservative views on gender roles.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'''s protagonist Nitori is quite good at baking, though she's not shown to do any other sort of cooking besides that; [[{{transgender}} she identifies as a girl despite her boy body]], and is pretty girlish as well. Her female peers aren't nearly as good at baking.
* ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' has a fun example that fits with Tira's being somewhat offbeat: she's clumsy when she has to cook by conventional means, cutting her fingers and turning vegetables into rubble. But when she's allowed to "transform" and do it her own way, her prep is flawless.
* A RareMaleExample occurs in ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' where an already [[LongHairedPrettyBoy very]] [[ViewerGenderConfusion effeminate]] character has his effeminacy further established by being the natural cook in his circle of friends.
* ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool'' (the anime version) has an episode where Ryoko and another girl compete to make lunch for the boy they have a crush on.
* Toyed with in ''Manga/OniisamaE''. On one hand, the YamatoNadeshiko-in-training Nanako is a SupremeChef and TheLadette Kaoru is a LethalChef. (Which gets a lampshade in the fourth episode of the anime, with Kaoru epically failing to separate egg whites and yolks and Nanako teaching her to do so). On the other, the ''other'' local {{tomboy}} Tomoko is ''just'' as good of a cook as Nanako is.
* Subverted in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', where the SupremeChef among {{Tom|boy}}oka [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl and]] [[ShrinkingViolet Sakuno]] is… the tomboyish Tomoka. It's not that Sakuno is ''bad'' at the kitchen, but Tomoka is specifically mentioned to be the best of the two. (Somewhat justified since Tomoka has a partial PromotionToParent to deal with: she learned to cook out of the necessity to take care of her two much younger brothers while their parents are at work.)
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series:
** Sasami's the usual cook for the household, mostly out of a desire to pay back for staying at Tenchi's house. However, there are times where both Ryoko (very much TheLadette) and Ayeka (TheOjou, meaning she's very girlish) attempt to cook, mostly to win Tenchi over. One issue of the manga series had Tenchi fall ill after one of Ryoko and Ayeka's fights knocked him into the lake, leading to both girl to try to cook for him. Both girls are horrible cooks, but where Ryoko plows through trying to cook (with disastrous results, Ayeka ends up swallowing her pride and Sasami aids her. It's all for naught, though - by the time Ayeka's done cooking, Tenchi's feeling much better and it's ''Mihoshi'' who's sick (she got that way trying her own idea to cure Tenchi).
** Ayeka takes after her mother Misaki, who, being an ActionGirl ''par excellence'', couldn't be bothered to learn, while Sasami chose to follow their ''grandmother'' Seto who is the best chef in the whole damn Galaxy. Which is ironic, because [[MagnificentBitch Se]][[TheAce to]] is probably even a greater ActionGirl than Misaki and still finds the time to teach her cooking to everyone who ask, despite being busy with [[TheManBehindTheMan running the empire]] and upholding her "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Demon Princess Of Jurai]]" nickname and screwing with everyone around.
* Subverted in ''Anime/YesPrecure5'' as the girlier girls of the team, Komachi and Karen, can't cook worth a hill of beans. Neither can the tomboyish Rin or the star of the series Nozomi.
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', this is played straight with Yayoi, who's a good cook and very feminine (aside from being a big fan of {{tokusatsu}} and wanting to be a manga artist). However, it's averted with Akane and Nao, who are both {{Tomboy}}s but still good at cooking (Akane's family runs an okonomiyaki restaurant, and Nao comes from a large family so she often has to help out).
* ''Manga/CookingPapa'': Araiwa's wife is a reporter without the time (or skills) to cook her family's meals. Fortunately her husband's workplace is at only five minutes from home.
* Referenced in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. After Touma nearly kills himself helping Mikoto [[spoiler:and the Sisters clones]], she buys him some cookies as thanks. He protests that the reward would usually be homemade cookies, and Mikoto (a textbook tomboy) demands to know exactly what kind of girl he thinks she is. The ''Railgun'' manga, however, shows that she afterward ''did'' bake him some cookies herself (with Saten's help), but was too embarrassed to give them to him.
* [[YamatoNadeshiko Miya]] from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' is an interesting example. Her cooking is noted to be incredible, and she seems to be the very ideal of a housewife. However, it turns out that [[ButtMonkey Seo]] was the one who taught her everything she knows about cooking and keeping house. When she first married, she was horrible at anything related to keeping house -- ruining clothes, breaking the panels out of the shoji screens, and cooking food so horrific that her husband couldn't even swallow it while trying to insist it wasn't that bad.
* Subverted like everything else in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion:'' Rei thinks up the idea to cook for everyone, and try and get Shinji and his father together. There's just one problem, from the number of cuts she has it seems she used that large kitchen knife she was waving around more on her hands than on the food. Further subverted in that the dinner doesn't even eventuate.
* GenderBender mangas ''{{Manga/Maomarimo}}'' and ''Manga/SekainohateDeAimashou'' both use this trope as partial justification for the FirstLawOfGenderBending, which carries the rather… [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate implication]] that a boy with a feminine interest is not manly enough and is better off as a girl.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Dawn was good at baking Poffins and Serena is an excellent patisserie. May subverts it despite her coordinator status by being a LethalChef.
* In ''Anime/FatePrototype'', the very girlish-looking [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130712150129/typemoon/images/a/aa/Manakasilver1.jpg Manaka Sajyou]] took care of the housework after her and Ayaka's mother either died or disappeared. That certainly included handling the family kitchen.
* Invoked in ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' when Kaoru goes to her father ([[LikeFatherUnlikeSon who is a professional chef]]) to learn how to cook so she can be a better wife. Although her husband is perfectly fine with her burnt-rice-with-chunks-of-raw-carrot.
* In ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'', Ryou's grandmother taught Ryou to cook exactly for this reason. This is why Ryou wondered if she'll become a bad housewife in the beginning of the series as she found she hasn't been ''tasting'' as food lately (which is more because of loneliness than [[SupremeChef her cooking skills]]).
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' [[AvertedTrope averts]] this completely, as ''no woman'' of the main cast is shown capable of cooking. Shiemi certainly tries, but it always tastes awful and is stuffed full of herbs [[spoiler: though that comes in handy once]] and the one time Izumo is seen about to cook she looks incredible lost. The one person who can cook? The resident AntiAntiChrist [[SuperStrength Rin]], who, admittedly, is a fairly [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide girly]] guy (or rather gender neutral), who, to add insult to injury to any poor girl around trying to attract his twin brother [[ChickMagnet Yukio]] via ThroughHisStomach, is also a SupremeChef with a [[WordOfGod 100% success rate]].
* Miia in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' believes this trope and keeps trying to prove her suitability to be the girl Kimihito marries. Unfortunately, between being a [[SnakePeople lamia]] meaning that she has only 1/25th to 1/50th the taste buds of a human and her tendency to simply add ingredients to a dish because they look or sound like what's being made (for example, when trying to make white rice gruel she added white onions and white fish because they're all white), she's an exceptionally skilled LethalChef.
* In ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'', one's cooking skill is apparently correlated to femininity. {{Tomboy}} Ryo is a LethalChef, but when she briefly turned feminine due to a HeroicBSOD, she suddenly becomes a good cook. She loses her skills once she pulled herself together.
* {{Inverted|trope}} in ''Manga/ThreeLeavesThreeColors''. Youko, the girliest of the three friends, can't cook to save her life, while resident BigEater Futaba (who's slightly boyish) ''can''.
* The protagonist Ryousuke in ''Manga/BlueWars'' plays with this trope in an interesting way because he is a heavily muscled marital artist with the heart of a maiden in love and the feminine interests to match. His cooking skills (good enough to get a compliment from his crush) are evidence of how he fits this trope to a T--except for the fact that he isn't actually a feminine woman, [[ItMakesSenseInContext he just really badly wants to be one.]]
* Thoroughly played with in ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' whenever the topic comes up.
** First, it's subverted in an omake when girls try to appeal to guys by making them food, only for Nikumi's tsundere 'I just made too much' excuse to fall flat when she sees that everyone in the Polar Star Dorm really ''did'' make too much food because they cook constantly and are having trouble getting through it all. Then we see two fangirls of the Aldinis try to share lunches with them, only for Takumi and Isami's food to be much better, leaving all three girls depressed. Then it's inverted when the extremely masculine and popular Jouichirou had female classmates begging for his failure dishes, showing lovestruck eyes after a BDSM themed foodgasm. His food still makes pretty girls swoon even in the present.
** More seriously, it's acknowledged at multiple points that the field of professional cooking is dominated by men and that women only rarely manage to reach great success and acknowledgement. For example, at least one students feels she needs the prestige of the First Seat to be acknowledged at her family's restaurant by the sexist male staff and we have yet to see a single female student who either has or has had the position of First Seat of the Elite Ten at Tootsuki.
** Particularly played with when it comes to Megumi. She's extremely feminine and supportive in a 'girl next door' sort of way, which has great influence on her cooking. Rather than emphasize technical perfection or ingenuity like her male or more aggressive female counterparts, she prefers to use simple ingredients with painstaking care put into thinking about who is going to eat it. However, while this does make her the most girly girl in the cast, it's also nearly gotten her expelled in at least three different points throughout the story and also causes her to be overlooked in favor of students like Alice or Miyoko, even if she actually scores higher than the latter and makes much more enjoyable and comfortable food than the former.
* Played with and somewhat reversed in ''Manga/MadeInAbyss''. The only clearly-female main character, Riko, can make delicious meals out of practically anything, but she [[{{Tomboy}} isn't feminine]]. Nanachi is [[AmbiguousGender resolutely gender-ambiguous]] and terrible at cooking, seemingly due to an atrophied sense of taste. Reg, despite being male, is probably the most feminine of the three, but he's [[LethalChef even worse than Nanachi]].

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* Averted in an issue of ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] Classified'' written by Creator/GailSimone, where Franchise/WonderWoman presents the other members of the JLA with a traditional Themyscrian pastry. Flash and Green Lantern are more than a little panicked at the thought that Wonder Woman ''bakes''... and shocked by the tasty results.
* A weird subversion in ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', in which Artemis, Diana's counterpart from the more savage Amazons, reveals she can cook during Wonder Girl's TrainingFromHell. There's nothing feminine about it though...
-->'''Artemis''': We eventually proved ourselves to our elders by making them a feast from the eighteen eyes of a slain hydra.\\
'''Cassie''': Oh, perfect. I can't even reheat mac and cheese.
* DependingOnTheWriter, Comicbook/LoisLane.
* In ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', Veronica subverts this by being a notoriously bad cook who couldn't boil water in a blast furnace. Furthermore, any boy who is pressured to eat what she prepares is usually convinced they are about to commit suicide. A spoiled rich girl like Veronica has no doubt never needed to learn to do such "menial" tasks, which are for the servants to do.

[[folder: Fairy Tales ]]
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/russian/folktalesfromrussian/tsarevnafrog.html The Frog Princess]]", cooking a loaf of bread is one of the brides' tests.
** In "[[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0402.html#aung The Frog Maiden]]"', the frog makes rice and meat.
** In "[[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0402.html#tortoise The Prince and the Tortoise]]", the tortoise cooks a meal for the king.
** In "[[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0402.html#wardrop The Frog's Skin]]", the frog secretly cooks for her husband before he learns it is her.
-->''In a short time the frog leaped out of the fireplace, jumped over to the doors, and all around the room. Seeing no one there, it went back and took off the frog's skin, put it near the fire, and came forth a beautiful maiden, fair as the sun; so lovely was she that the man could not imagine anything prettier. In the twinkling of an eye she had tidied everything, prepared the food, and cooked it. When everything was ready, she went to the fire, put on the skin again, and began to croak.''
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs/english/fishring.html The Fish and the Ring]]", the heroine swings a job in the kitchen, which is how she happens to cook the fish that has the ring -- and so make her father-in-law give up his persecution.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/donkeyskin/stories/allfur.html All Kind of Fur]]", she can cook a marvelous soup, and she also slips the ring he gave her into it.
* In "Literature/CapORushes", she makes gruel for the sick young man, which gives her a chance to put the ring in it.

[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Pictured above: In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog,'' the heroine, Tiana, loves to cook, and from the age of six shows off her prodigious gumbo skillz. Her dream is to own a beautiful, community-nurturing restaurant where she herself is the head chief. Her skills were honed in her home kitchen but she is a ''professional'' chef.
* Colette from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' twists this trope around by being strong, feminine, and an outstanding chef at one of Paris' top restaurants all at once. She makes a speech partway through the film which is a TakeThat to the notion that women can only cook within the home, which is clearly a BerserkButton.
** It's also Averted in the food industry as a whole- there's a ''lot'' of ingrained sexism and it's very hard for a woman to get into ''haute cuisine''. Colette managed it because she was willing to go though hell for it.

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* ''Film/WomanOfTheYear'' spends much of the movie showing how Katharine Hepburn's female reporter is the intellectual equal (or even superior) of Spencer Tracy's male reporter. The last scene in the movie is of Hepburn trying to make waffles but failing spectacularly, indicating that by being so successful in the "man's world" (the movie was released in 1942), she's basically rendered helpless in the "woman's world."
* Film ''Film/{{Always}}''. Air-traffic controller Dorinda Durston wants to have a man over for dinner. She has to buy a pre-cooked meal and pretends that she prepared it herself.
* Lara Croft in ''[[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Tomb Raider]]'' even screws up reheating a ready meal in a microwave. Of course, she's of noble blood, and her butler does all the cooking. She's also most definitely ''not'' feminine. The one time she puts on an elegant dress, her butler nearly has a heart attack (he's been trying to get her to act like a proper lady for years) and quickly corrects the situation by serving her guns on a tray.
* Éowyn in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is shown to be a horrible cook by Aragorn's wordless expression when she attempts to make stew for him (matching at least two trope variants, since Éowyn is not at all happy in a medieval woman's role ''and'' she has an unrequited crush on Aragorn). It probably helps that she's highborn, so she probably has servants for cooking, and she's traveling with minimal equipment.
* In the 1984 film ''Film/{{Runaway}}'', it's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and [[InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas robots do a lot of the routine work]]. Tom Selleck plays Ramsay, a policeman who hunts down rogue {{Killer Robot}}s. He's assisted by a [[ActionGirl strong and capable female officer]], Karen Thompson, who in fact is more competent than he is because he's acrophobic. By the end they're falling in love, and how does he ask her to have a relationship with him? He says ''"Can you cook?"'', causing the woman to melt adoringly into his arms as the sparks fly.
* Lee Leander in ''Film/RememberTheNight'', cooks some muffins, and is told by Aunt Emma that the way into a man's love is by cooking for him. Lee doesn't really believe this, and throws muffins right in front of Sargent out of anger.

* Double subverted in ''Literature/DragonBones'': While they're roasting meat over open fire, Ward tells his sister Ciarra that she's doing it wrong. In the end, though, his piece of meat is burned, while hers is okay. He was very distracted and irritable at the time.
* In Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/JackRyan'' series, Cathy Ryan -- wife of the titular protagonist -- is a good example. A full-time doctor, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, and an award-winning researcher, she still nonetheless takes great pride in her gourmet chef abilities (her potato salad is apparently to die for). It has been suggested within the books themselves that the reason she is so good at it is because cooking, being the application of proper ingredients, time, and preparation, appeals to her meticulous nature.
* Though she's not portrayed as particularly gifted, Catti-brie Battlehammer of ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' novels, for much of her life a tomboyish ActionGirl, can at least make enjoyable road stew. Though it's implied that, like many other of her useful skills beyond "sharp wit", Drizzt, a ranger used to surviving in the wild, [[NeverASelfMadeWoman taught her how]].
* Subversion: From Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', specifically from the entries in "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long":
-->''"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, '''cook a tasty meal''', fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."''[[note]]Emphasis added.[[/note]]
** This is Heinlein's "Competent Man/Competent Woman" concept.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'':
** Polgara. She ''can'' cook, masterfully, and she at least pays lip service to the idea that she, as a woman, is better off manipulating events subtly and behind the scenes. The events of ''Polgara the Sorceress'', however, prove that she's just as willing as her father Belgarath to flat-out strongarm people (or an ''entire nation'') into doing what she wants, and she's almost as proficient as him at it, to boot.
** The "Rich people can't cook" variant is Ce'Nedra. She's not quite a LethalChef, but almost.
** Garion, the protagonist, is probably a passable cook, just by virtue of being raised in a kitchen and watching his aunt Pol at work. He knows how to cook bacon over an open flame and not burn it, at least.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, [[ActionGirl Mara Jade]] tries to give Luke a taste of home by cooking a Tatooine dish. She, of course, screws it up. Luke, perhaps for the sake of her feelings (or just to escape [[BerserkButton her rage]]), tells her that it smells just like he remembers; and that he really wanted to leave Tatooine because of the food.
* Parodied in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', where confused crossdresser Nobby Nobbs believes he's expected to do the cooking because he's a woman. To make it even sillier, there is an actual woman present, but Sergeant Angua "doesn't do cookery" (She's an Independent Career Woman. She's also a vegetarian werewolf, who prefers to avoid the smell of meat in human form.)
* Louisa May Alcott was very fond of this trope. The scenes in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' putting Jo March through the 'feminine redemption for the tomboy' version were repeated in several other of Alcott's novels and short stories, as her heroines contemplate taking up a profession and are firmly told that the most honourable profession for any woman is to [[StayInTheKitchen make a happy, comfortable home for her family.]] Which doesn't mean they always follow it, anyway.
* ''Literature/EightCousins'', also by Louisa May Alcott, subverts it. The small heroine Rose learns to bake the perfect loaf of bread, but it's presented as only one aspect of an pretty well-rounded education that also involves learning to sail, ride and generally become '[[PluckyGirl strong-minded]]', right alongside her seven boy cousins.
** One of whom takes up [[RealMenWearPink knitting]] while laid up from an injury, reminding himself that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_knitting#Importance_in_Scottish_history Scotsmen all through history]] have "clicked the [[HaveAGayOldTime pricks]]" but hiding his work from his brothers because he knows they'll call him "Granny".
* Molly Carpenter from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is committed to getting Harry Dresden healthier, by cooking healthy meals for him. Unfortunately, though she can make a mean cup of coffee, a chef she [[LethalChef ain't.]]
--> '''Harry''': Once she burned my egg. My boiled egg. I have no idea how.
* In ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', Lady Sanga is so good a cook that the absence of onions at the place she was supposedly murdered makes her husband wonder if she really was murdered. In her case she was an aristocrat and didn't need to cook or even do much of anything. She just loved cooking.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', Vanity (the more feminine of the two girls), can barely make coffee, and the less said about her "hamburger" the better. However, Amelia notes that whatever she does make tends to taste delicious anyway.
* In the Literature/MercyThompson novels, Mercy is a Volkswagon mechanic who dresses in grubby T-shirts, snarks off incessantly to every macho-male she encounters, and devours small furry animals when she turns into a coyote. The one "girly" thing she does is to bake lots of cookies or brownies.
* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/JaneOfLanternHill'', Jane takes to cooking like a duck to water, feeding both herself and her father though she was never allowed to cook before. She does prudently buy a cookbook first, and donuts defeat her.
* An InvokedTrope in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', where the very sexist [[ChurchMilitant Lord's Resistance Army]] leaves cooking up to the girls and lets the [[ChildSoldiers boys]] do everything else.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Break", Cleonie -- previously noted by the captain as a feminine woman -- is the sole passenger among the survivors of TheMutiny. When the (male) crew desperately work to save themselves in a damaged crew, she feels helpless, but the captain counters that she keeps the meals coming.
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is a world in which, due to the [[GenderRarityValue sheer rarity of males]], most gender roles are {{Stereotype Flip}}ped and twisted about a little. As such the ability to cook for a large family is seen as a very good skill for a man to have. Jerin, staying out of the kitchen to avoid tempting visiting women, finds that one of his sisters has prepared only potatoes for their guest's dinner and has to recruit siblings to help him make it into a full meal.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheFourLoves'', part of Mrs. Fidget's control techniques was to cook for her family.
* Kahlan from the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. A ruler of the Midlands, with powerful MindControl powers, a brilliant tactician and excellent fighter...really loves cooking. A cook who knew her since childhood claimed Kahlan scared everyone whenever she came into her kitchen and asked for some pots (a normal reaction to a Confessor. Nothing to do with her skills).
* Iria Gai from ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture''. She was raised as an ultimate tomboy and was known to live for years on sandwiches. Then she fell in love and married...
* In ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', this trope is averted with former prostitute Angel, who is very good at looking and behaving like a [[ProperLady lady]], but has next to no domestic skills because she’s never needed them before getting married. This is a source of angst and frustration once she reaches a point where she wants to do something appropriately wifely for Michael like make him dinner. Played straight when she gets enough practice that she actually becomes quite skilled in the kitchen, and even acquires a job as a cook later on in the novel.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', the trope gets brushed on, because cooking is also a matter of low class.
** Mrs. Bennet informs the company at one point that Charlotte Lucas was probably wanted home to help with the mince pies; she brings up her daughters differently, and has the servants do their own work.
** Mr. Collins makes the mistake of thinking one of the Bennett daughters helped with the meal. Mrs. Bennet corrects him; after all that's what they have servants for.
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles story "Utensile Strength", one woman breaks her engagement on discovering her fiance can bake better than she does. (Four others get engaged on the spot, thinking this might be useful.)
** Princess Cimorene rebels against all the girly things that princesses are supposed to do, but part of that rebellion was learning to cook. She can even cook for DRAGONS.
* In Creator/SarahAddisonAllen's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoChasedTheMoon'', Julia became an obsessive cook while pregnant. Sawyer's mother also cooked, habitually for him.
* In Creator/JohnHemry's ''[[Literature/PaulSinclair Burden Of Proof]]'', Carl talks of how Paul and Jen have settled down since they started to date; he expects Jen to knit and cook and stuff. Paul observes that she does nothing more than microwave meals -- but there's nothing like a home-microwaved meal.
* Invoked in ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn'' when Roderick basically says this. Corie points out to him that's stupid because most noblewomen can't cook.
* In Creator/DorothyLSayers's ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' novel ''Gaudy Night'', Miss Cattermole is miserable at Oxford and would rather be a cook. She can't because her mother is really big at getting women out of traditional jobs -- cooking is too feminine.
* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', this appears in the form of "Non-Feminine Women Can't Cook". The Lady, Sleepy, and the Radisha, all powerful and formidable women, can't cook at all. The male narrator says at one point that he doesn't think any of them could boil water without burning it.

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* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'': Cordelia Chase is a Type 2. Her brownies could qualify as nuclear waste.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** Lorelai Gilmore and her teenage daughter Rory subsist on junk food, diner food and takeout. Lorelai ended the series with Luke, a diner owner. (While she is an incompetent cook, she is an excellent seamstress and can whip up a fancy dress in under a week.)
** Rory is shown cooking twice in the whole series and both times a larger point about how either she is becoming adrift in a sea of privilege or showing how unfitting a life of domesticity would be for her.
** Lorelai's best friend Sookie works as a chef, but she's also shown as a feminine woman who loves cooking and happily feeds her husband and children. And occasionally Lorelai and Rory.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Carrie Bradshaw is lucky if she can brew a pot of coffee. Thankfully all her major love interests know their way around the kitchen.
* Tyler, Wendy's new boyfriend on ''Series/TheMiddleman'', cooks for her. She returns the favor to him in "The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome" when she cooks a few...Hot Pockets.
-->"Lacey let me in. Don't worry, I only spent the first ten minutes digging through your underwear drawer. Now I'm testing your oven."
-->"We have an oven?"
-->"It's the big metal box where you keep the extra paint."
* Lois in ''Series/LoisAndClark'' can't cook... as shown in one episode, at the end of which she inherits cookery talent from the ghost of a disgruntled housewife who possessed her. Cookery is never mentioned again.
* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz is generally depicted as the independent-career-gal-living-off-fast-food type, but there was one episode ("The C Word") in which she baked cupcakes for the writers (and they apparently turned out all right).
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Inverted with Rachel and Monica. [[GirlyGirl Rachel]], despite being the most feminine, fashionable and sexy of the girls is a terrible cook (including once putting beef in the trifle), while [[{{Tomboy}} Monica]] who is competitive, strong-willed and gutsy is a professional chef and feeds the entire gang for the whole series.
** Phoebe exists somewhere in the middle: Not being explicitly girly but an independent hippy type, and implied to be a passable cook. She one time casually mentioned cooking herself a veggie burger while pregnant.
* Kitty Forman in ''Series/That70sShow''. It's so much that Eric and Red are helpless when she is angry with them and refuses to cook, leading them to eat processed simple foods like potato chips and pop tarts.
* Debra of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''; she's a traditional stay-at-home mom who happens to cook badly. Of course, it's probably not quite as bad as her mother-in-law makes it out to be, but it's pretty bad.
* Former Borg drone Seven of Nine takes up cooking in the final season of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' as a symbol of her [[BecomeARealBoy progression towards humanity]]. Captain Janeway on the other hand can never get the hang of her food replicator, even to make a decent cup of much-beloved coffee.
* Zigzagged a little on ''Series/{{Chef}}''. Since it's a sitcom about a high-class restaurant, most of the characters, male or female, ''can'' cook, with the notable exception of Janice Blackstock, who is written as a perfectly feminine, albeit career-oriented, woman. But it's okay, because she's married to the best chef in the world (just ask him). She manages the restaurant, and at no point is her inability to cook seen as negating her femininity (although Gareth makes fun of her for it once). The third season inverts this with the RichBitch character Renee, who [[GirlyGirl loves the colour pink]] and is completely useless at cooking when introduced, although it's implied she gets better toward the end of the season. Prim and proper [[TheSnarkKnight Lucinda]] and slightly masculine Savannah are both brilliant cooks.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': Starbuck can cook, as seen in "Daybreak".
* Ria, in seventies BritCom ''Series/{{Butterflies}}''. She's very feminine, alright. But an atrocious cook.
* Lisa Douglas from ''Series/GreenAcres'', a socialite who [[LethalChef has never cooked a decent (or edible) meal]], yet is oblivious to her lack of culinary prowess.
* On one episode of ''Series/JustShootMe'', Nina is asked to cook a meal for a congressman she's dating. (She was auditioning for a stuffing commercial, long story.) An aging former model who's never been on a kitchen her adult life, she has to ask Maya for help over the phone. Maya has been seen hosting a dinner in at least one episode, and although no comments, good or bad, are ever made about her cooking, it can be assumed that she's at least a competent cook.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. In "Our Mrs. Reynolds", Mal's almost painfully submissive new wife [[TheMole Saffron]] turns out to be a fabulous cook. Zoe is not amused when Saffron suggests she cook for her husband, and is even less amused when Wash drools over Saffron's cooking. However, in "War Stories", a rather touching scene has Zoe cooking for Wash after he leads the charge to rescue Mal.
--> ''"Mmmmmm. Wife soup."''
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', Cara is chopping wood while Kahlan gathers it, and she chides Zedd and Richard for fussing over the food while the women chop and gather wood. Zedd answers that on a team, every member of the team should perform according to their abilities... and considering Cara's last attempt at cooking, she should stick to chopping.
* Used to a remarkable extent in ''Series/KyleXY'', despite both parents working. During a period when the mother of the family Nicole isn't cooking the rest of them don't even seem to consider the possibility that maybe someone else could cook, subsisting entirely on takeout food.
* Apparently, Peg Bundy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' is a pretty decent cook; she just never actually wants to and is so lazy that a packet of Jiffy Pop (that expired 3 years prior) is what she uses to celebrate. On the odd occasion that she actually puts any effort into it, she cranks out some world-class meals.
* Averted and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Daphne, the sweet, caring, [[TeamMom maternal]], capable, very feminine [[TheHeart Heart]] is, surprisingly, such an appalling cook that the badness of her cooking and the repulsiveness of her recipes is a RunningGag and transcends mere badness and becomes a [[EpicFail kind of awesomeness]]. However, Daphne ''believes'' she is this trope, and is oblivious to her lack of talent until Niles, [[ItMakesSenseInContext as part of an effort to prove how much he loves her]], kicks off his list of her flaws with a gleeful "[[{{Understatement}} To be honest, I don't much care for your cooking]]. In fact, you can't cook at all." which strikes her dumb with astonishment. This could also be an American joke on British cuisine.
* Ellie May of ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' may be as down-to-earth country as any of the Clampetts, but she can't cook for nuthin'.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Mudd's Women", cooking is one skill that ought to be considered above looks.
-->'''Eve:''' Is this the kind of wife you want, Ben? Not someone to help you, not a wife to cook and [[TextileWorkIsFeminine sew]] and cry and need, but this kind. Selfish, vain, useless. Is this what you really want?
* Series/VeronicaMars isn't traditionally feminine in her behavior (mostly just badass), and her cooking skills seem to be average for someone who often prepares dinner for herself and her dad. However, her friend Wallace suspects that deep down inside, there's a girl who's "just dying to bake [him] something". In a way, he's right - she later prepares packages of "spirit cookies" for him on game days. She does so anonymously until he catches her baking.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Lily is the girly girl and feminine woman of the group. Some episodes mention that Lily is a great cook and bakes excellent cakes or cookies. For instance, she prepared the Thanksgiving dinner.
*** Played with in that Lily might be somewhat feminine (and certainly is compared to Robin, the other primary female character) but is in other ways significantly more masculine than Ted or Marshall (or even Barney at times).
** Victoria, Ted's girlfriend, was a very pretty and sweet woman, and a professional baker who met Ted at one wedding. She often baked cupcakes for Ted.
* ''Series/CasesOfTheFirstDepartment'':
** Subverted when major Kozak's daughter wants to appease her father (who got angry because of a clogged bathtub) by telling him she will cook schnitzels. He says ok and she says she's gonna download the recipe.
** Captain Prazak's wife makes him a sandwich when he's called to a case in the middle of the night.
* Marnie Madden from ''Series/TheHour'' gets her own cooking show in the second series, where she acts as a stereotypical fifties wife. Shame her actual life is a bit more complicated.
* Barney Fife of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' feels this way, and initially is dead set against Andy dating Helen Crump because she doesn't know how to cook very well. Andy, however, doesn't really care when she says she and any man she marries would have to make due with TV dinners. Barney is horrified, but all Andy says is that he likes TV dinners.
* Averted in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' with [[ActionGirl Ziva David]]. No one would ever accuse her of being overly girly; a Massad-trained assassin, accomplished field agent and more often than not the toughest person in any room she happens to be in. And she has cooked on occasion for her friends and fellow agents, much to their delight. Abby Scuito is quoted as saying "Her cooking rocks!"

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': In the Sword Worlds the "Hearthfire" is a sacred Archetype and a symbol of security and domesticity. A proud male warrior or worker "guards" the Hearthfire, but his wife ''Tends'' it. In a way they hold this to mean she is a quasi-priestess merely by being a woman.

* In ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'', Wintergreen isn't too keen on marrying Diana Devereaux or any of the other BeautyContest girls, since he doubts their ability to cook: "Why, the average girl today can't cook--she can't even broil an egg." Mary insists that ''she'' can cook, and introduces him to her corn muffins, which go ThroughHisStomach straight to his heart.
* In ''Theatre/OnTheTown'', Hildy claims she can cook, but the bill of fare she presents to Chip consists of {{Double Entendre}}s served up in a ListSong. She does, with great effort, manage to prepare one specialty: a peeled banana.
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', Miss Minerva bakes a seven-layer cake for the fair "just to prove I'm feminine." But Lovey Mars takes along her mincemeat pie and Mrs. Juniper brings her prize-winning angel-food cake. And then old Mother Hare appears and offers her AppleOfDiscord to the most feminine of them all, for confectionery values of femininity.
* Implied/Downplayed in the female version of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''. Florence (genderbent Felix) is a prissy former-housewife who loves cooking, prides herself on her cooking, and is noted for her cooking skills. Olive (genderbent Oscar), meanwhile, is a sport-loving career lady (this version of the play's set in the mid-1980s) who late in the second act doesn't remember or even look to remove Florence's roast capon from the oven before it burns up past being saveable.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'':
** Raine Sage is a teacher, the sole parental figure for her kid brother, and a notoriously bad cook.
** Subversion with Sheena who is one of the best cooks the party has, especially regarding familial recipes (she gets this as a title: "the culinary master who raised home-style cooking to the highest level"), yet she's a {{Tsundere}} tomboyish ActionGirl. However, the deviation from the trope is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one scene where HandsomeLech Zelos [[SlapSlapKiss calls her on it]]:
---> '''Sheena:''' Oh, well. It's fun to cook every now and then. I wouldn't want to get out of practice.
---> '''Zelos:''' Oh, Sheena, what does that mean? You practicing your cooking for when you get married? I didn't expect to hear that from you of all people!
---> '''Sheena:''' N...no, it's not that! Sheesh!
** It turns out that Marta in the sequel, ''Dawn of the New World'', Marta can't cook either. In fact, when Sheena joins the party, a skit shows Emil crying from happiness because he never found a woman who could cook before Sheena.
** ''Emil'' is a wonderful cook (and has a habit of [[RealMenWearPink sculpting food into intricate shapes]]), and he's easily the most (or second most, after Colette) effeminate character in the game. Partly subverted, since [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Ratatosk Emil]] cooks just as well (though his food ''looks'' worse).
** In the first ''Tales of Symphonia'', there is actually a skit that {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the aversion. Lloyd notices that Regal is a vastly superior cook to Raine, and Regal says that more men are good at cooking because of their physical strength. In the same skit he says women are more equipped to fighting.
** This is a habit in the ''Tales'' series. The main character is always good at cooking. The main heroine is almost always a bad cook. Then the second woman in the party (like Sheena) is either good at cooking, or neutral. It's usually done to get some laughs at how bad the heroine's cooking is.
** In ''Tales of the Abyss'' this trope is tendency is played around with. [[TheHero Luke]] is a mediocre to bad cook with a somewhat exotic taste, while [[ActionGirl Tear]] (the main heroine) is a good cook (albeit she cooks roughly like a guy would as she was taught by her brother Van). Anise is the best cook in the game, and is the second woman to join you. [[TheOjou Natalia]], meanwhile, is quite possibly the worst cook in the party, as there is a skit in which she tries to ''heal'' a burning soup and she repeatedly burns her dishes beyond recognition. [[spoiler:Asch is noted to be a surprisingly good chef, in contrast to Luke.]]
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', the heroine [[WhiteMagicianGirl Mint]] is a wonderful cook and quite praised for her skills. [[{{Tsundere}} Arche]], on the other hand, has [[LethalChef made people faint with her cooking in multiple games.]] The main girl of ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' is also a wonderful cook, though she's [[CuteBruiser not quite]] [[GoodOldFisticuffs as feminine]] as Mint.
** In VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia has [[CuteClumsyGirl Mimi]] the source of the recipes in the game.
* Depending on the player, in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3's'' Citadel DLC a female Shepard romancing Kaidan can either avert this trope or play it straight depending on a dialogue choice made when Kaidan cooks for her ([[TheLadette Shepard]] being a textbook ActionGirl).
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''. Sunny is taught how to cook by Naomi, and it eventually becomes a plot point. [[spoiler:Sunny uses Raiden to deliver a coded culinary message indicating she'd attacked the Patriots]].
** Exaggerated by Rose in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', who is the perfect girlfriend, but a terrible cook. However, she's a Patriot spy who modified her entire personality to fit Raiden's profile of the ideal woman, and her bad cooking is the one chink in her armour.
* The ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series plays with this in various ways, though a general rule of thumb is that the more traditionally "feminine" heroines are terrible chefs, while less "feminine" women tend to be at least competent.
** Inverted in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}''; it's mentioned that compassionate and almost motherly [[GenkiGirl Maya Amano]] is nonetheless incompetent at cooking, to the point that she'll eat nothing but [[TrademarkFavoriteFood canned crab]] every night if left to her own devices. Fortunately, her [[TheLadette alcoholic boxer]] roommate Ulala Serizawa is a pretty capable cook.
** Discussed in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}''; [[ShrinkingViolet Fuuka Yamagishi]], despite her gentle and supportive personality, perceives herself to lack femininity due to her talent at [[WrenchWench tinkering with computers and electronics]], and wants to learn how to cook to make up for it. Unfortunately, [[LethalChef her cooking is quite awful]]. However, the trope is played straight by [[TheChick Yukari Takeba]] and ''[[UpdatedRerelease Persona 3 Portable]]''[='s=] female protagonist, though the latter is more of a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak; ''Portable''[='s=] protagonist is such a SupremeChef that she can actually teach Fuuka how to cook properly.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is a notable aversion; the two traditionally feminine girls [[YamatoNadeshiko Yukiko Amagi]] and [[TheChick Rise Kujikawa]] [[LethalChef can't cook at all]] (well, Rise isn't unskilled, but her food's only edible if you're a fire eater like her). That said, the more tomboyish [[CuteBruiser Chie Satonaka]], who is insecure about her femininity, is an even worse chef than them. Just to give an idea how bad these three are - when they gave Nanako (TheHero's cousin) cooking suggestions on how to make chocolate (telling her to put coffee, spices, and ''fish''), they ended up by proxy '''creating an EldritchAbomination!!''' The MC is immediately hit with the Fear status effect as a result! In contrast, {{Bifauxnen}} detective Naoto Shirogane is a competent cook, though it's mostly because she's actually capable of following cooking instructions. At the end, Yukiko, Rise, and Chie are only able to bake an edible cake by getting the help of Naoto, and Naoto notes that it still took them three tries. It's also implied highly feminine [[RichBitch Ai]] cannot cook either when she remarks that it would be nice to end up with a guy who can cook after eating food prepared by TheHero.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' doesn't really address this like prior games do, but it's noted that, in her confidant, [[StudentCouncilPresident Makoto]] (who is somewhat tomboyish, but also demure) can generally cook well, mostly because her [[AloofBigBrother workaholic sister]] and caretaker Sae infrequently comes home. DummiedOut dialogue suggests that the girly [[TheChick Ann]] cannot cook at all, and all that [[GamerChick Futaba]] knows how to make is instant noodles. The [[SpoiledSweet delicate]] Haru doesn't know how to fully cook at ''present'', but she's fantastic at [[GreenThumb harvesting vegetables]] and wants to learn how to cook in the future, what with her aspiration to open her own organic-friendly cafe. [[CoolOldGuy Sojiro Sakura]], on the other hand, is a firm proponent of MenCanCook, although we [[OneNoteCook don't see him cook anything]] other than a curry that his [[TheLostLenore old flame]] Wakaba perfected and carefully-crafted cups of coffee. The protagonist can learn how to make both from him...and only both of those things.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** Played with. Ann, a tomboy, [[LethalChef cannot cook well]] in her [[VideoGame/HarvestMoon64 first appearence]]. Come its [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature successor port]] and she's one of the best cooks in the game.
** Eli is rather feminine, and is a baker.
* Living up to her first name, Flora Reinhold of the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series is about as feminine as you can get: always wearing dresses, being polite and soft-spoken, and even being a DamselInDistress at one point. And, according to the games' ending credits, she cannot cook but seems to like to anyway.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryOceans'' (known as "Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny" in the West), you start the game as the male protagonist Aden but have the choice of switching to the female protagonist Sonja once you've restored her body. Sonja will inherit all of Adel's skills with the exception of cooking, which will automatically be bumped up to 40 if Aden had any less than that.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
** Sumia is very girlish and tries to use her cooking to win over Chrom's affections. She also attempts to help [[SweetTooth Gaius]] gather good ingredients, [[HilarityEnsues with disastrous results.]] Some of Sumia's Event Tiles conversations have her saying she has made lunch for any of her love interests... [[CuteClumsyGirl and that she tripped over the lunchbox.]] [[RunningGag Twice.]]
** Noire, the ShrinkingViolet archer with a SplitPersonality, is very girly as well ''and'' she's great at baking.
** Lissa is a TomboyPrincess who tries to bake for Kellam. [[EpicFail She fails]]. She also attempts to cook for the aforementioned Gaius, and that goes a little better... since this time he's watching over her and giving her cooking lessons.
** Sully and her daughter Kjelle are ''the'' {{tomboy}}s of the army... [[LethalChef and neither can cook.]] Ironically, two of Sully's potential husbands/Kjelle's prospect dads are Gaius and Stahl, who are {{supreme chef}}s.
** Olivia is rather feminine in looks and personality, and according to her supports with Kellam she's pretty good at making sweets. And she ''can'' be paired up with almost all the aforementioned guys.
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII: Episode Zero'' {{Prequel}} novel reveals that between Lightning and Serah, the latter is the better cook. Though this is not to say Lightning is bad at it; [[http://tensai-shoujo.tumblr.com/post/78189867668/hope-a-microcosm-of-culinary-delight-did-he in a side conversation]] in [[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII the third game]], she mentions that even though Serah was always better than her, she can still "grill a mean Behemoth steak."
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' inverts this trope. Not only are some competent chefs actually reasonably manly men like [[OneManArmy Ragna]], [[BadassGrandpa Jubei]] and [[BattleButler Valkenhayn]], but only three girls' culinary skills have been reliably measured. Litchi Faye-Ling is known to make some good meatbuns, as [[BigEater Taokaka]] can attest. Also, during ''The Wheel of Fortune'', [[TokenWholesome Tsubaki]] entertains the notion of inviting [[LoveInterests Jin]] over for some of [[{{Tomboy}} Makoto's]] home-made stew, something she probably wouldn't consider if [[OutdoorsyGal Makoto]] wasn't competent.[[labelnote:*]]This trait presumably carries over to the mainline Makoto as well.[[/labelnote]] The other girl in question is the more feminine Noel, whose skills [[LethalChef speak for themselves.]]
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'', one of the first things that Alistair asks Morrigan when she joins the party is whether or not she can cook. She can, but is rather irritated at being made the party cook. She's also the least feminine of the female party members. Alistair only asks her because [[LethalChef his cooking would kill them]].
* Completely inverted in ''VideoGame/RPGShooterStarwish''. It's guys who are great at cooking, not girls. Resident SupremeChef is Johnny, and [[TheHero Deuce]] while far from Johnny's skills is pretty decent cook himself, and cooking is [[RealMenWearPink his hobby]]. [[WrenchWench Ginny]] is the only girl to actually make something edible, [[{{Tsundere}} Tessa]] is figurative LethalChef, while [[MadScientist Deadeye]] is ''literal'' LethalChef'' (one of her meals actually sent Ginny to hospital).
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'', the very feminine Pyra's unique field skill is cooking, a skill that her less feminine "sister" Mythra lacks. The similarly feminine Vess also cooks dumplings that are famously delicious even though they're [[OneNoteChef the only thing she can cook]]. The tomboyish Mòrag, in contrast, is a self-admitted poor cook, though this seems to be more directly related to her experiences with combat; when she's tasked with gutting a fish, she gets the impression that it's trying to shame her with its gaze for stabbing it in the heart, so she leaves the task to Brighid instead.

[[folder: Visual Novels ]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Sakura learned to cook to appeal to Shirou. One of her primary goals seems to be to outdo him at cooking and she gets a little antsy if she fails. Her [[BreakTheCutie unpleasant backstory]] drove away most of her feminine traits, and also most of her human ones.... But she's (a bit) [[TheWoobie better]] by the time the story starts. [[spoiler:Except in Heaven's Feel where those quick flashes of insecurity or jealousy she had in the previous two routes, coupled with the shards of the corrupted Grail that Zouken's implanted into her, cause her to go insane (eventually). She recovered, fortunately.]]
** Saber takes the cake in terms of being successful in a "man's world" in addition to being one of the powerful character in the series. It makes sense that she's doesn't know how cook, in fact it would be more strange if she did know how to. As such she depends on Shirou to cook for her, made more noticeable by the fact that she's a BigEater.
* Arcueid from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' can count as a type 2 or arguably type 5. She is not brainless but she is an [[CloudCuckooLander airhead]] due to her empirical ignorance about the modern world or the world in general. She also happens to be the strongest thing on the planet (ORT don't count). Regardless, she has perfectly good reasons why she can't cook and depends on her love interest Shiki to cook for her, who is not an amazing cook but is good enough. She probably enjoys the fact that he cooks for her more than the actual cooking themselves anyway.
* Touko in ''VisualNovel/{{Suika}}'' learned to cook specifically to appeal to Yoshikazu. Sayaka is also going for this and is apparently a competent cook, but Souji is [[TheAce just better.]]
* Played with in YuriGenre VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto''. The protagonist Kei is the most stereotypically-feminine amongst the female cast, but her cooking can only be described as biohazard. TheLadette Sakuya usually end up cooking for her.
* And again its sequel ''VisualNovel/AoiShiro''. The {{Tomboy}} protagonist Syouko --the captain of the kendo team and the object of admiration of her underclassgirls-- can cook as well as the very feminine Yasumi, who has a serious crush on her. Kind of making [[ThroughHisStomach through-her-stomach]] strategy unviable.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' plays around with this:
** Lilly Satou is an excellent cook, and has been cooking for her older sister Akira since they were young. The thing is... Lilly has been completely blind since birth.
** Hanako Ikezawa, Lilly's friend, is an interesting case. Main character Hisao finds her cooking to be very good, but Lilly mentions that Hanako likes to experiment, and says it in a way that implies some of those experiments produced unpleasant surprises.
** Ironically, the best cook in the group is... the tomboyish Emi Ibarazaki. (Who likely learned from her very girly and beautiful mother, Meiko.) And the worst one is Shizune Hakamichi, the local MsFanservice.
* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. Tomboyish {{tsundere}} Kyou is a very good cook, while her ShrinkingViolet twin sister Ryou is a LethalChef. Although this is hardly the only way in which the twins play with stereotypes, as Kyou's hair [[LongHairIsFeminine is long]] and Ryou's [[BoyishShortHair is short]]. Sanae Furukawa's bread is also horrible, but she's otherwise a very good cook, as are the other girls in the series.

* Marsha from ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' massively subverts this. While she can have some pretty big {{Yandere}} qualities, she's generally considered the most cute and feminine of the female cast. Her cuteness even borders on supernatural levels, with her "manga eyes" able to entrance almost any male, and small furry animals constantly following her due to her Snow White Syndrome. She also comes from a family of chefs and wants to be one herself. Despite all this, her cooking is [[LethalChef considered slightly more toxic than toxic waste itself]].
* Tedd in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' can cook -- but only when [[GenderBender he's a woman]]. His explanation is initially "because I'm hot" (and the comment on this background is "She's so hot, it helps her cook!"). [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-07-28 Later]] he reasons that he only has to cook for himself when his dad isn't around, which is also when he turns himself into a girl, so he has accidentally conditioned himself to feel more confident cooking in female form.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' features [=DiDi=], who lacks some of the attributes of extreme femininity, but who is certainly very, very [[GagBoobs female]] -- and who is a keen hobbyist cook, implied to be far and away the best in the kitchen of the lead cast.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0401.html Jordie takes a second to realize that his Mom bringing porridge means it's a dream, because she never cooks.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-07-01 one choice Monique is presented with is Wife Material, with a conspicuous oven containing a dish.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/kthrush-12/#.Uzocele1CUk the beggar expects the princess to cook -- though he bows to reality when she's clearly incompetent.]]
* Agatha in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' can cook - she's a MadScientist and it's ''"just simple chemistry"'' - but the circumstances under which she discusses it don't exactly portray her as feminine. She's having to pretend to be a murderer, to give an alibi for sneaking into MalevolentArchitecture and living death trap Castle Heterodyne, which is used as a prison for the ''really'' bad criminals.
--> '''Sanaa:''' So - what did you ''do'' to wind up ''here'', anyway?\\
'''Agatha:''' Poisoned thirty-seven people. Who ''complained'' about my ''cooking''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Completely averted in the Italian webseries [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWj9qhNHisO_un8a7ux1qA ''Insopportabilmente donna'']]: its creator/protagonist, Creator/TessMasazza, is so inept at cooking that her friends panic at the mere sight of her picking up a knife to help them preparing a meal and [[ReassignedToAntarctica immediately send her to buy some food at the farthest away supermarket]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'s best gal pal the tomboyish Patti was shown in one episode to not be a good cook, despite being TheAce in many other areas.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' shows her as a disaster in the kitchen, getting by the end of the episode under the tutelage of her culinary genius {{sidekick}} Ron Stoppable.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Comicbook/{{Raven}} can't even cook pancakes.
** Starfire's a straight example if you accept that Tamaranian cuisine is difficult for Earthlings to swallow at its best (unless you're [[BigEater Terra]].)
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': Lindsey averts this trope. While she is the most feminine of the girls in the original cast, her cooking skills lead to disastrous results.
* In the episode "Johnny Daddy Day" from ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', it is shown that Johnny's [[{{Workaholic}} super-busy working mom]] Lila and [[TeenGenius genius inventor sisters]] Mary and Susan have no experience in cooking whatsoever. They aren't even sure what a spatula is or does. Under the guidance of Johnny (who took a cooking class to get an easy A grade), they manage to make a meatloaf for Hugh for Father's Day, only for it to [[LethalChef come alive and attack him]].
--> '''Mary and Susan:''' We... might have used too much DNA.
* In WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie and Sugar Belle are two of the girlier ponies, and Pinkie Pie is a sweet lover who works in Ponyville's cake shop, while Sugar Belle runs her very own bakery. Rarity, the girliest of ponies, has also been shown to be a decent cook.
** On the flip-side, tomboyish farm girl Applejack has proven to be good at cooking with her family's apples, which makes sense since that's one way her farm makes money.
* Mrs Turner on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' apparently can't cook very well, having fed her family with live squid casserole, shoes, food items that have been so foul they started attacking the rest of the family... Cosmo also seems to imply that Wanda's cooking is bad as well.
* Played very straight in ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa''. The tomboyish Cowlamity Kate is such a horrible cook that the others dread her recipe for rhubarb pie, while the more traditionally feminine Lilli Bovine's culinary skills are universally praised.
* Claire from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' is able to whip-up guacamole that impresses even Jim.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'', Betty's grandmother is a RetiredBadass and can't cook to save her life.