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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Foodie Dads

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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.

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.

$230

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

$37

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.)

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.