It may be tempting to resort to rote gifts on Father’s Day — a bottle of whiskey, or a new set of grill tools. But dads, especially those who cook, like to try new things, especially if they’re worth bragging about. With that in mind, here are the best gifts for the food-loving dad, selected to inspire better eating and drinking. Or, at the very least, tell his coworkers about.
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Bob Kramer x Zwilling J.A. Henckels 8-Inch Stainless Damascus Chef’s Knife
The Bob Kramer x Zwilling series applies the renowned Washington-based bladesmith’s exacting specifications to more affordable, accessible knives. Forged in Japan using high-carbon steel and finished with a water-resistant handle, the Damascus chef’s knife is as just as strong and sharp as it is stunning.
Tilit Authentic Chef Apron
Beyond keeping shirts free of splatter and stains, a high-quality apron lends a home cook a bit more legitimacy, like donning armor before going into battle. Favor Tilit’s understated, American-made denim apron — a favorite among leading chefs, and with pockets a-plenty.
Brooklyn Butcher Block End Grain Walnut Board
A cutting board should protect knife blades just as much as countertops. The key lies in end-grain construction — gentler on knife blades, and more durable if properly cared for. Brooklyn Butcher Block’s walnut option is dark and handsome, not too hard and not too soft, and made entirely in the U.S.
Drinks by the Dram World Whiskies Awards 2017 Overall Winners Tasting Set
A bottle of high-quality whiskey may be a foolproof gift, but there’s more pleasure in sampling an array of high-quality whiskies. Following this year’s World Whiskies Awards, Drinks by the Dram packaged five of the best expressions, like Johnnie Walker Green Label 15-Year, named World’s Best Blended Malt, and Teeling Single Malt, named World’s Best Irish Single Malt, into one excellent sampler set.
Combining the convenience of a drip brewer with the flavor quality of pour-over coffee, the Ratio Eight is an artfully minimal, impressively high-tech brewing appliance — ideal for those who appreciate slow coffee but are short on time. The machine blooms grounds and brews at the push of a button, capable of yielding as little as 16 and as much as 40 ounces of fresh, hot coffee.
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The best way to transform simple dishes with minimal effort? Fresh herbs. While most indoor gardening kits require complicated light rigs, Futurefarms’ Spacepot necessitates little more than water. The transparent acrylic set-up is minimal and modern in design, keeping dirt and nutrient packs out of sight while cultivating fresh herbs in as little as five weeks.
Food52 x Jono Pandolfi Serving Platter
Presentation matters. A handcrafted, minimal stoneware platter by the leading supplier of dinnerware to New York’s best restaurants, Jono Pandolfi, is the finishing detail Dad’s home-cooked meals have been missing.
Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Four
Four issues and twenty distinct locations later, Gear Patrol Magazine is about to enter its next season. Inside this issue, you’ll find three robust chapters on destinations to keep at the top of your domestic adventure list, including Colorado’s Western Slope, the Texas Hill Country and Oahu. Per usual, there’s plenty of original reporting — and, yes, tons of gear. Annual subscribers also receive additional benefits including discounts on collaborations, a 15% discount code for use in the store and other exclusive benefits. Shipping is free on all subscriptions
Uuni 3 Portable Wood Pellet Pizza Oven
For the guy who’s mastered both grill and smoker, there’s the outdoor pizza oven. Capable of cooking Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizzas in as little as 90 seconds, the Uuni 3, a Serious Eats favorite, allows for a bit of showmanship and endless experimentation.
YETI Hopper Two 30-Liter Cooler
The gift of a cooler is the gift of perpetually cold beers and fresher food. Yeti has rightfully garnered a devoted following for its durable, airtight coolers, and the Hopper Two is its most versatile model yet. Malleable sides make it a bit more travel-friendly, while a waterproof, leakproof construction makes it well-suited to beaches, boats, parks and parking lots, alike.
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Kalamazoo Gourmet Freestanding Smoker Cabinet
The phrase “luxury smoker” was a bit of an oxymoron until Kalamazoo Gourmet stepped in and created its first Smoker Cabinet. The brand new freestanding model features the same premium craftsmanship and stainless steel for which Kalamazoo is known, plus a computer-controlled, gravity-fed blower system ensures optimal temperature control and smoke flow. It’s a grill master’s dream, and impressively easy to use.
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