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* According to Creator/DaveBarry, this is common to all men, who have [[OneNoteCook one single dish they know how to prepare]] and [[WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency view it as a considerable achievement]]. He explored this again when he was preparing to move from Pennsylvania to Florida, as he was left behind with his son while his wife went to buy the house:
-->''My son and I, who had never been in charge of each other for this long before, embarked on the following rigorous nutritional program:\\
BREAKFAST: Frozen waffles heated up.\\
LUNCH: Hot dogs heated up.\\
DINNER: Choice of hot dogs or frozen waffles heated up.''
* Judy Blume's ''Literature/TalesOfAFourthGradeNothing'' features Peter and Fudge's mother going out of town for a couple days. Their father believes himself to be an excellent cook, particularly good at making omelets. His first effort at doing so ends with him asking Peter where the peanut butter is hidden, and Peter quietly arranges to go to his friend's house for dinner the next day.
* Cicero from ''Literature/FairyOak'' is really good at making crepés, but the only time he attemps to cook an actual meal his daughters and their babysitter are repulsed by the smell of the cauliflower pureé. Lavender even mentions she would have prefered rotten eggs.
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* According to Creator/DaveBarry, this is common to all men, who have [[OneNoteCook one single dish they know how to prepare]] and [[WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency view it as a considerable achievement]]. He explored this again when he was preparing to move from Pennsylvania to Florida, as he was left behind with his son while his wife went to buy the house:
-->''My son and I, who had never been in charge of each other for this long before, embarked on the following rigorous nutritional program:\\
BREAKFAST: Frozen waffles heated up.\\
LUNCH: Hot dogs heated up.\\
DINNER: Choice of hot dogs or frozen waffles heated up.''
* Judy Blume's ''Literature/TalesOfAFourthGradeNothing'' features Peter and Fudge's mother going out of town for a couple days. Their father believes himself to be an excellent cook, particularly good at making omelets. His first effort at doing so ends with him asking Peter where the peanut butter is hidden, and Peter quietly arranges to go to his friend's house for dinner the next day.
* Cicero from ''Literature/FairyOak'' is really good at making crepés, but the only time he attemps to cook an actual meal his daughters and their babysitter are repulsed by the smell of the cauliflower pureé. Lavender even mentions she would have prefered rotten eggs.
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* Cicero from''Literature/FairyOak'' is really good at making crepés, but the only time he attemps to cook an actual meal his daughters and their babysitter are repulsed by the smell of the cauliflower pureé. Lavender even mentions she would have prefered rotten eggs.

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* Cicero from''Literature/FairyOak'' from ''Literature/FairyOak'' is really good at making crepés, but the only time he attemps to cook an actual meal his daughters and their babysitter are repulsed by the smell of the cauliflower pureé. Lavender even mentions she would have prefered rotten eggs.

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* Cicero from''Literature/FairyOak'' is really good at making crepés, but the only time he attemps to cook an actual meal his daughters and their babysitter are repulsed by the smell of the cauliflower pureé. Lavender even mentions she would have prefered rotten eggs.


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* Another mac-and-cheese reference in the Hallmark Channel movie ''Christmas In The Air'', which finds a man panicking over having to host a potential business partner for dinner. As he tells the woman he's hired to organize his life, "Mac and cheese is a delicacy in our house!" Other scenes show him and his kids eating pizza. However, later scenes indicate that he actually ''is'' a good cook, he's just lacks the time to prepare better meals.

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* Another mac-and-cheese reference in the Hallmark Channel movie ''Christmas In The Air'', which finds a man panicking over having to host a potential business partner for dinner. As he tells the woman he's hired to organize his life, "Mac and cheese is a delicacy in our house!" Other scenes show him and his kids eating pizza. However, later scenes indicate that he actually ''is'' a good cook, he's just lacks cook--it's the time ''time'' to prepare better meals. meals that he lacks, not the skills.

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* Another mac-and-cheese reference in the Hallmark Channel movie ''Christmas In The Air'', which finds a man panicking over having to host a potential business partner for dinner. As he tells the woman he's hired to organize his life, "Mac and cheese is a delicacy in our house!" Other scenes show him and his kids eating pizza. However, later scenes indicate that he actually ''is'' a good cook, he's just lacks the time to prepare better meals.

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*Sora Wakanae in ''Manga/FamilyCompo'' almost burns the house down when his wife is absent for the day.


Interestingly enough, the father is often shown as being quite competent in preparing food outside on a grill, but is hopeless once he comes inside into the kitchen.

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Interestingly enough, the father The main exception to this trope is often shown as being quite competent in preparing food cooked outside on a barbecue grill, but is hopeless once he comes inside into the kitchen.
especially such things as hamburgers, steaks, and hot dogs, perhaps because these foods are seen as [[RealMenEatMeat stereotypically masculine]].


* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'', Scott completely fails at cooking Christmas dinner and ends up setting the turkey on fire. When he decides to simply eat out instead, the waitress seats him near other dads in the same situation.

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* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'', Scott completely fails at cooking Christmas Eve dinner and ends up setting the turkey on fire. When Afterwards he decides to simply eat takes Charlie out instead, to eat; the waitress seats him near other dads in the same situation.restaurant is divided into a section for a Japanese business meeting, and another section of single fathers who ''also'' burnt their family's turkeys.


** "Bart After Dark" has Homer and Bart living off of TV dinners.

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** "Bart After Dark" has Homer and Bart living off of TV dinners.dinners, which they have at 10 PM.


* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'', Scott completely fails at cooking christmas dinner and ends up setting the turkey on fire. When he decides to simply eat out instead, the waitress seats him near other dads in the same situation.

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* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'', Scott completely fails at cooking christmas Christmas dinner and ends up setting the turkey on fire. When he decides to simply eat out instead, the waitress seats him near other dads in the same situation.situation.
* ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' plays this trope for all the drama it can during the first morning after Joanna (the wife) has left to find herself. Ted Kramer can't even make french toast, which is a symbol of how disconnected he is from the rest of his family. [[BookEnds By the time he has to fight for the custody of his kid]], a year and a half later, he is capable of making it with ease.

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* The annual Dutch children's choir project ''Kinderen voor Kinderen'' included a song about a dad who is terrible at cooking, and completely oblivious to his own shortcomings, resulting in the strangest of dishes being served whenever mom is away from home.


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* Vegeta in ''Franchise/DragonBall'' shows in Super that he can't prepare a decent meal to even please a god as he [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength breaks eggs just by simply grabbing them]]. All he can make is instant ramen. Then again, judging from what Vegeta says, Bulma isn't any better.

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* Vegeta in ''Franchise/DragonBall'' shows in Super that he can't prepare a decent meal to even please a god as he [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength breaks eggs just by simply grabbing them]]. All he can make is instant ramen. Then again, judging from what Vegeta says, Bulma isn't any better.
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** "Bart After Dark" has Homer and Bart living off of TV dinners.

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* In ''{{ComicStrip/Foxtrot}}'', Roger cannot cook burgers to save his life, turning his every attempt at a barbecue into a training exercise for the local fire department. His wife ''does'' know how to cook... the problem is she's obsessed with putting healthy replacements like tofu in everything.

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* In ''{{ComicStrip/Foxtrot}}'', Roger cannot cook burgers to save his life, turning his every attempt at a barbecue into a training exercise for the local fire department. His wife ''does'' know how to cook... the problem is she's obsessed fanatical with putting healthy replacements healthy-eating, which includes things like tofu in everything.
her veggie dogs being ''carrots on buns.''
** The punchline when Andy is out of town for a week and Roger goes to buy all sorts of junk food and frozen food for them, with the cashier correctly guessing Andy was out of town. Roger lampshades the stereotype.

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