The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive

The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive

by Jonathan Catherman


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There's a lot a guy needs to know as he grows up and makes his way in the world. And a lot of it, he wouldn't necessarily want to have to ask about because then, well, people would know he didn't know what he was doing! For all the guys out there who want to have it all together, Jonathan Catherman offers this collection of one hundred step-by-step instructions on almost everything a guy needs to know, including how to
· wear cologne correctly
· manage a credit card
· talk to a girl
· plan a date
· write a résumé
· ask for a reference
· clean a bathroom
· throw a football
· change a tire
· behave during a traffic stop
· fold a shirt
· tie a tie
· grill a steak
· clear a sink drain
· find a stud in a wall
In fact, if it's in here, it's an important skill or character trait practiced by capable and confident men. With great illustrations and a supporting website, this all-in-one reference tool for young men in the making is the perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800722296
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 46,664
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jonathan Catherman is a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth. An award-winning cultural strategist, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults. The father of two sons, he sees daily the importance guys place on gaining respect and avoiding embarrassment. As both a parent and a professional, Jonathan is committed to assisting young men in the making to experience success and significance as they mature into manhood and lifelong leadership. Jonathan, his bride, and their boys live in North Carolina. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Women & Dating 11

How to Talk with a Girl You Like

How to Invite a Girl on a First Date

How to Plan a Date

How to Decide Who Pays on a Date

How to Meet a Girl's Parents for the First Time

How to Balance Time with Girlfriend vs. Guy Friends

How to Respectfully Break Up with a Girl

2 Social Skills & Manners 29

How to Shake Hands

How to Introduce Yourself

How to Introduce Other People

How to Open the Door for Another Person

How to Set a Table

How to Order from a Menu

How to Leave a Tip

How to Wrap a Gift

How to Clean a Bathroom

How to Make a Bed

3 Work & Ethics 55

How to Apply for a Job

How to Fill Out an Application

How to Interview for a Job

How to Ask for a Raise

How to Ask for a Promotion

How to Resign

How to Ask for a Reference

4 Wealth & Money Management 77

How to Create a Personal Budget

How to Build a Savings Account

How to Manage a Credit Card Account

How to Invest in the Future

How to Live Debt-Free

5 Grooming & Personal Hygiene 91

How to Shave

How to Cool Razor Burn

How to Apply Deodorant or Antiperspirant

How to Apply Hair-Styling Product

How to Wear Cologne

How to Freshen Bad Breath

How to Wash Your Hands Properly

How to Wash Your Face

How to Trim Your Fingernails

How to Care for Your Feet

6 Clothes & Style 117

How to Wash Laundry

How to Dry Laundry

How to Iron a Shirt

How to Iron Slacks

How to Shine Shoes

How to Tie a Tie

How to Sew On a Button

How to Spot Treat a Stain

How to Fold a Shirt

How to Fold No-Pleat Pants

How to Hang Slacks

7 Sports & Recreation 149

How to Throw a Football

How to Shoot a Basketball

How to Kick a Soccer Ball

How to Grip a Two-Seam Fastball

How to Swing a Golf Club

How to Putt

How to Throw Darts

How to Hit a Cue Ball

How to Pitch Horseshoes

8 Cars & Driving 173

How to Shift a Manual Transmission

How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Jump-Start a Dead Battery

How to Check the Oil

How to Parallel Park

How to Back Up a Trailer

How to Behave after an Auto Accident

How to Behave during a Police Stop

9 Food & Cooking 199

How to Brew Coffee

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch

How to Scramble Eggs

How to Cook Bacon

How to Boil Pasta

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

How to Oven-Cook Chicken

How to Broil Steak

How to Light a Charcoal Grill

How to Grill Steak

How to Grill Pork Chops

How to Grill Ribs

How to Grill a Whole Chicken

How to Grill Fish

How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

10 Tools & Fix-It 239

How to Read a Tape Measure

How to Swing a Hammer

How to Cut with a Circular Saw

How to Use a Drill

How to Use a Crowbar

How to Use an Adjustable Wrench

How to Use a Level

How to Calculate Square Footage

How to Clear a Clogged Sink Drain

How to Turn Off a Toilet Water Line

How to Unclog a Toilet

How to Check the Circuit Breakers

How to Find a Stud in the Wall

How to Hang a Picture

How to Fix a Small Hole in a Wall

How to Fix a Large Hole in a Wall

How to Talk Like a Man: 100 Terms Men Need to Know 279

Notes 283

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The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously?! The section on women and dating are limited to dates, meeting her parents and respectfully breaking up with her?! That is crazy
StorytellerKL More than 1 year ago
My son's review on this book: The Manual to Manhood was an amazing book. It's a guide for young men to learn how to live in the adult world. I seriously appreciate the simple instructions that the book gives on pretty complex issues. It goes from simple "How to Do Laundry" or "How to to Cook an Egg" to "How to Write a Resume" and "How to Get a date." It deals with everything a guy needs to know and to do his part as the male role model of his future family. All in all, this book was extremely helpful and I hope that every guy can read it while he is still a teen.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I am completely enamored with this book. If you have a tween or young teen boy in your life you would do them a big favor by getting this manual for them. The content contains just about everything a young boy needs to know about everyday life to ease them into manhood. I enjoyed reading the opening of the book from the author about why he decided to write the book. It set the tone for the rest of the book and I found it very inspiring from one parent to another. The rest of the book is broken down into different topics that are presented with both humor and relevant information. For example, in chapter five, Grooming & Personal Hygiene, there is a section on How To Apply Deodorant or Antiperspirant. If you've ever had a pre-teen boy you know getting them to wear deodorant is an uphill battle. Here's an example of how Jonathan Catherman addresses the issue with a wittiness that gets his point across without degrading the boy: "Applying stick antiperspirant or deodorant isn't difficult. What is difficult is sitting next to the guy who forgets to wear the stuff. Think of it this way. The smell of pungent pits is one of the most powerful female repellents known to humankind. Close behind on the nasty scale is when your arm goes up and a wet pit stain shouts out, "I'm sweaty!" Living with that kind of embarrassment, now that's difficult. But don't sweat it. There is a simple solution Wear antiperspirant or deodorant--or a combination of both." (pg. 99-100) The section then goes on to give a step-by-step tutorial and then it has a section on explaining the differences between antiperspirants and deodorants. It also explains how each works and why you would choose one or the other. While I'm not a guy I still gleaned some very important things from this book. The section on parallel parking and backing up with a trailer had some good advice that I hadn't thought about before. I think this would make a great how-to manual for every household. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Catherman in his new book, “The Manual To Manhood” published by Revell gives us How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive. From the Back Cover:   How to gain respect, avoid embarrassment, and impress everyone! As a man in the making, you’ll need to know how to do stuff. You also need a strong moral character to back up your new abilities. But who do you ask? If you want to have it all together, The Manual to Manhood is your go-to resource. With great illustrations and step-by-step instructions for almost everything a guy needs to know, this book shows you how to · wear cologne correctly · tie a tie · grill a steak · manage a credit card · plan a date · interview for a job · ask for a reference · clean a bathroom · change a tire · talk to a girl · fold a shirt · clear a sink drain · behave during a traffic stop · throw a football · find a stud in a wall · and tons more The world needs confident and capable young men. With The Manual to Manhood, you’ll be well on your way to becoming one of the best. Mostly the guys in the movies and, sometimes, on the TV, depends on who the star is, know how to grill, fix the car better than Detroit and remodel the house.  When I finally realized that I was never ever going to fix a car I was most relieved to discover that it did not affect my manhood.  I am pretty sure that there are lots of guys like me.  Well Jonathan Catherman to our rescue.  In ten sections that range from how to handle money correctly, women & Dating, social skills, grooming, clothes, food, cars and tools, he gives you chapters on How to handle necessary basic items.  It is wonderful to have this tremendous guide.  This is a book that you will refer to over and over again.  It is a great gift to give to friends and family so that they will have this manual to use over and over as well.  Even better news it is not just for the guys the ladies can use some of the tools as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  Ok... this book is a great addition to a teenagers library!  I wanted this book when Revell offered it to me because I figured that most of the same information would apply to me as well. I was right.  This book has step by step instruction for so many things that every boy and girl needs to know for at work and around the home.  A good chunk of it was new to me! And I'm glad I own the book so I can reference it when I need it.  Ok... in the cars and driving section, there's info about how to parallel park, how to shift a manual transmission, how to jump a dead battery, and how to speak to a police officer should you have occasion to.  In the Fix-It and Repair section, you learn how to calculate square footage, how to use a circular saw, how to use a drill, and the how-to for several other skills. There is also an oh-so-necessary section about unclogging sinks and toilets. As the author says, yelling "Stop, water, stop!" to an overflowing toilet will not work. I didn't even know that there was a way to shut off the water directly to a toilet! No more overflow. In a family, that is a useful skill.  There's a section on Finance, Savings, and Planning for the Future, which casts a vision for smart moneymaking and spending.  There's a section on Work and Ethics, with Diligence outlined as the best job skill, and ideas for Applications, References, asking for a well-earned Raise, and even Resigning!  There's a section that every boy's future spouse will love him for practicing, all about washing laundry, drying it, and folding/ironing it. Oh yeah!  I myself never really understood ironing, so I should probably learn.  There's even a Cooking section, explaining how to whip up the pancakes and mashed potatoes and roasted chicken and grilled fish and broiled steak and the most important dish: Bacon.  Yep. I picture this book getting a lot of wear in the hands of a high school boy. This is stuff that kids love to learn, stuff that they can master step by step and see their own progress. And it's stuff they'll never outgrow, they'll only build upon the initial foundation.  The Manual to Manhood is a winner.  Thank you Revell for my review copy! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Manual To Manhood is a easy to read guide with step-by-step instructions for basic practical stuff all guys need to know. like how to wear cologne properly, how to grill a steak, how to manage a budget, how to change a tire, how to fold a shirt, and my very favorite- how to clean a bathroom! the illustrations are great, too. what a fun book for any man or "man in the making"! The Manual to Manhood would be a perfect Father's Day gift, and just a good handy resource to have around the house for boys of all ages!