Dude food: ‘Comfort food with an edge of competitive destruction’

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Guy Fieri, restaurateur and food network chef at his restaurant, Tex Wasabi's, in Sacramento, Calif., on March 27, 2007. Photo by Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/TNS

A shift has occurred in how the media conditioned the public to think about men’s bodies and ideals. When plumb was a sign of prosperity and class status, the 20th century brought expectations of the rigorous and strong male. In the book “Diners, Dudes & Diets,” author and professor Emily Contois examines the increasing anxiety of men’s bodies, gender-coded foods in the media, and what’s next for “the dude” during the #MeToo movement and its toxic misogyny.

Dudes with dad bods enjoy drinking an entire six-pack and not sharing their pizza. Professor Emily Contois explores male body concepts and food in “Diners, Dudes & Diets.”Photo courtesy of The University of North Carolina Press.



Evan Kleiman