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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Love Food

Father’s Day gift ideas for the home cook who has everything, from the Strategist

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Finding the right gift for a dad who loves to cook can be tricky. You want a Father’s Day gift that’ll be useful yet unique, not something he already owns. That’s a tall order if your dad’s the kind of home cook who has everything, and it’s even more challenging if you’re not well-versed in the kitchen yourself. But don’t fret. Below, we’ve rounded up 25 Father’s Day gift ideas (many of which we’ve written about before) that we think any foodie dad — from the fine-dining aficionado who appreciates a malted Scotch to the dad who is gassed up for summertime grilling and chilling — would love to unwrap.

An Instant Pot pressure cooker

Instant Pot 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

If he’s still dragging his feet about hopping on the Instant Pot train, a Father’s Day gift of the perennially popular appliance might finally be what gets him onboard.

A Breville Joule Sous Vide plugged into an iPhone

Breville Joule Sous Vide

Maybe dad is already all-in on a pressure cooker. If so, a sous vide machine, which cooks meat and other food that’s been placed in a water bath (usually within a food-safe plastic bag), will take his home cooking to new heights.

A Marcato Atlas pasta maker

Marcato Atlas Pasta Maker

For the dad who’s all about hand-made pasta, this hand-crank machine comes from Italian company Marcato, which has been in the business since 1930.

A bucket of Maldon sea salt

Maldon Salt Bucket

To make sure he doesn’t under-salt the pasta water.

4 different covers of Whetstone Magazine

Whetstone Magazine, Annual Subscription

Dubbed the “next Lucky Peach” by Strategist contributor and cookbook author Priya Krishna, Whetstone magazine, which was co-founded by Stephen Satterfield and Melissa Shi, is a journal on food origins and culture, with an emphasis on storytelling.

A cookbook titled Tu Casa Mi Casa

Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook

Enrique Olvera’s collection of Mexican recipes for the home cook (recommended by a recipe developer) includes traditional and contemporary foods like chicken tinga, crispy potatoes, and quesillo flautas.

A cookbook titled Les Halles Cookbook with a photo of Anthony Bourdain

Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking

For the dad who watched all of Anthony Bourdain’s shows and misses his friendly but irreverent presence, the late chef’s first cookbook could be both a balm and a resource for new recipes.

A stainless steel mandoline slicer

Benriner Mandoline Slicer

This is the upgraded version of the classic green mandolin slicer from Japanese company Benriner that chefs swear by.

A copper butter warmer

Mauviel Copper Butter Warmer

Flynn McGarry, the owner and head chef at New York City’s Gem restaurant, told us he loves to give this adorable copper pot to friends. A foodie dad would surely like it, too, and can use it to make sauces or heat up small portions of soup in addition to melting butter.

An indoor herb garden growing basil

Click and Grow The Smart Garden 3

If he doesn’t have the outdoor space to grow his own ingredients, dad can tend to them indoors with this expert-recommended herb garden that requires minimal effort, thanks to its built-in grow light and self-watering mechanism.

A set of barbecue tools and a storage case

All-Clad 4-Piece Stainless Steel Barbecue Tool Set with Storage Case

Pitmaster John Stage of New York City’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que tipped us off to this four-piece stainless-steel barbecue tool set from All-Clad, which contains everything dad might need while manning his grill.

A person setting up a chicken roasting pan

Two-in-One Vertical Chicken Roasting Pan

This beer-can chicken roaster is a little silly-looking, sure, but pitmaster Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q in Birmingham, Alabama, assured us that using a contraption like this is “one of the best ways to cook a chicken.” That’s because upright roasting is the optimal position to roast a chicken: “Fat drips away, heat surrounds the chicken 360 degrees, and skin crisps up better. This cooking method allows the steam and vapors to flavor the chicken from the inside cavity out, helping it to stay moist.” This version holds up to two five-pound birds and includes a pan to hold vegetables.

An 8-inch chef knife

Miyabi Birchwood 8-Inch Chef Knife

This luxury chef knife is a bit flashier than a more utilitarian Wüsthof or Global, with a super-polished wooden handle. According to Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans, “it’s a total everything-you-do type of chef’s knife.”

A 10-inch sharpening tool with black handle

Wüsthof Classic 10-Inch Sharpening Steel

Maybe your dad prefers the utilitarian Wüsthof knives but already has the ones he needs. If so, give him the brand’s honing steel, which will allow him to keep his blades in good shape until he can take them back to a professional for a proper sharpening. (This of course would work just as well with any brand of knives dad may own.)

A carafe, coffee filters, and scoop

Hario V60 Pour-Over Kit

This all-in-one pour-over coffee kit from Hario comes with a carafe and some filters, meaning it’s easy to approach for a beginner yet high-quality enough to use for years.

A black electric coffee grinder

Baratza Encore Electric Grinder

If dad’s serious about his coffee, then he’s going to need a serious grinder. The Baratza Encore conical grinder is one of the best out there — and was recommended to us by nine coffee experts. It has 40 grind settings, allowing dad to choose grounds for all the different kinds of brewing methods, from French press to pour-over to drip to cold brew.

A green KitchenAid electric kettle

KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle

This handsome electric kettle boils water in minutes and is made of easy-to-clean stainless steel.

A stainless steel electric tea kettle

Breville One-Touch Tea Maker

Or, for dads who really love their tea, consider this smart kettle that Strategist contributor David Schwartz (a self-professed tea enthusiast) calls “groundbreaking.” Not only does it brew tea at precise temperatures depending on type of leaf and desired strength, it automatically removes the tea leaves by way of a robotic component, once the desired steep time has been reached. That means dad can walk away and get a perfect cup of tea without having to worry about over- (or under-) steeping.

A navy blue insulated growler

Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Vacuum Insulated Growler

As singer Jake Shears can attest, a growler like this offers dad more space for his drink of choice — whether that’s water, coffee, tea, beer, or a giant cocktail (which is what Shears uses his growler for).

A shaker, muddler, strainer, and jigger set

Crafthouse by Fortessa Professional Barware by Charles Joly Gift Set

Speaking of cocktails, this expert-approved barware set includes a shaker, muddler, strainer, and jigger — or basically everything a cocktail-loving dad would need to concoct his favorite beverage at home.

A bottle of wine in a wine chiller next to 2 wine glasses

Modern Innovations Wine Chiller

Your enterprising dad will appreciate this elegant-looking marble wine chiller’s multifunctional appeal: When it isn’t needed to serve his favorite bottle, dad can use it a utensil crock or a vase.

A black wine stopper

Vacu Vin Wine Saver

The Vacu Vin is a sommelier-approved wine stopper that’ll keep an open bottle of wine fresh overnight. “Their vacuum seal really does help preserve delicate aromatics and flavors that are otherwise lost,” says Victoria James, sommelier and beverage director at Cote.

A navy blue and grey Yeti cooler bag

Yeti Hopper M30

Yes, the Yeti Hopper is expensive for a cooler, but it’s the best on the market, and doesn’t your dad deserve the best? It’s virtually indestructible and keeps food, drinks, and even ice cold for literally hours.

A black Philips indoor smokeless grill

Philips Indoor Smokeless Grill

We first spotted this grill on Netflix’s Queer Eye and quickly became intrigued. Meant for indoor use, it features an infrared light to heat the grill and a drip tray that stays cool, which prevents smoke from forming.

A stainless steel Cuisinart toaster oven

Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven

Here’s another nifty appliance that this writer swears by: It’s an all-in-one toaster oven–air fryer that does way more than even its multi-hyphenate name suggests. Not only does it toast and air-fry, it also broils and bakes — even convection cooks — at the turn of a dial, saving time (and counter space) in the kitchen.

An orange thermapen displaying 135 degrees

Thermapen Mk4

The Thermapen Mk4 is the best gift to give the home cook who has it all. It’s easy to use and gives superaccurate readings in a matter of milliseconds.

Seven assorted silicone reusable bags

Stasher Reusable Silicone Bag Starter Kit

This set of seven reusable silicone bags from Stasher includes just about every size dad will need, so he can use the money he’ll save on disposable Ziploc bags to … buy you a gift to repay the favor.

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