Great Gifts for Foodie Fathers
If there’s one thing my Dad and I have in common (aside from nail biting, big toes and being able to grasp a pencil under our lower lips – can not everyone do that?) it’s a love of great food. Sure, my childhood memories are riddled with roller coasters and video games, but I most vividly recall the meals we’ve shared: a late-night supper of tiny bay scallops swimming in butter and garlic. Pinball and chicken wings at the local pizzeria. Cool nights around the campfire clutching mugs of oyster stew.
If the dads in your life are anything like mine, a gastronomical gift is the way to go. Below, my top five gift picks for a food-centric Father’s Day:
1) Vosges Chocolate Mash Bill Truffles
My first experience with Vosges was in Vegas. Everyone’s got their own interpretation of letting loose, and let me tell ya: I have zero – zero – regrets about the evening I spent holed up in our hotel suite with a House Hunters marathon and a box of Vosges Exotic Caramels. Chocolate, I dare say, has never been the same. Give Dad a taste of these creatively curated treats with the manly yet sophisticated Scotch, Whiskey, Bourbon and Stout parfums of Vosges’ new Mash Bill collection. It’s boozy chocolate at its best. Vosges, $26. Photo credit: Carolyn Jung.
2) The Garlic Twist
I’m not a big fan of kitchen gadgets, so if I’m going to have something in my kitchen that does one thing and one thing only, it better do that one thing spectacularly and sans gimmick. Besides maybe an ice cream scoop, this is the one thing I own that does that one thing. The Garlic Twist crushes the crap out of garlic like a champ, it’s made of two heavy-duty plastic pieces that are virtually indestructible and impossible to misplace, and it rinses clean in 5 seconds. This Father’s Day, clean out those squeeze-grip presses and fancy extruders and give your old man a gift he’ll love as much as the garlic he cooks with. Amazon.com, $15.
3) American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza
Yeah, it’s been on the bookshelves for 10 years now, but if Dad’s on the hunt for the perfect pizza, American Pie might just be the treasure map he’s been missing. In this should-be classic, Peter Reinhart travels the globe, dissecting the elements of pizza Old and New to bring to light solutions for the perfect pizza in almost any application: thick crust, thin crust, wood-fired, grilled, you name it. From Genoa, Rome and Naples to Phoenix, AZ, Reinhart’s thorough investigation is studded with anecdotes, tips and, of course, recipes for Pop’s version of the perfect pie. Amazon.com, $21.
4) Skillet Bacon Spread
It’s a floor wax! It’s a dessert topping! Does it really matter how it’s marketed? It’s bacon jam, for gosh sakes – and it’s amazing. Dad will love the from-scratch, concentrated flavor of sweet, savory and smoky bacon on everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to that Father’s Day burger hot off the grill. Feeling crazy? Swirl a few dollops through your next batch of brownies, or dab a smidge on a warm glazed donut or a crisp waffle. It’s hard to go wrong with this cult favorite from one of Seattle’s most loved eateries. Stock up with a 3-pack at Skilletstreetfood.com, $42.
5) The Original Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet
There’s not a whole lot you can’t do with a cast iron skillet, and a good one is worth its weight in…um, cast iron. Spoil your Pa with an iconic piece in a super useful size for everyday cooking, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best steak, chops, pancakes, cornbread, fried chicken, braised greens — and even pizza — that you’ll ever eat. Williams Sonoma, $140-$165.
Emily Stoffel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Chris, and their three bikes. In addition to attempted kitchen wizardry, her passions include marketing, sustainable living, chatting with Mama and planning elaborate vacations that sometimes work out.