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Father's Day
A Foodie Father's Day Wishlist
Thank dad this Father’s Day the best way we know how—through his stomach.
Cook's Country

FATHER'S DAY IS LESS than two weeks away, and if you haven’t gotten the dad in your life a gift yet, don’t fret! We know that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so we’re sharing our top 15 gift ideas to keep him full (literally and figuratively). You’ll find everything from our favorite cookbooks, top equipment picks, and our best summer recipes.


If your dad has every cooking accessory on the market, gift him the resources he'll need to put those tools to work. Our selection of cookbooks will set him up for success by boosting his cooking skills and knowledge. (Make it even more personal with a note from you in the front of the book—it doesn’t get more thoughtful than that!)

Timeless Books

Just Add Sauce

In the test kitchen, we believe that sauce is the key to a lifetime of better cooking. This revolutionary guide will help dad naturally boost the flavor of everything he cooks.

How To Roast Everything

Like your love for your dad, the art of roasting is timeless. This cookbook will up his game and expand his repertoire into roasting everything from meat and fish to vegetables and fruit.

Season 14 Edition The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook

If your Dad’s all about family—from camping trips to Sunday dinners—this cookbook is meant for him. Cook’s Country reminds us that home is where the heart is and for dads, that’s usually across the table from a homemade meal and family.

Bread Illustrated

This IACP award winning cookbook demystifies the art and science of bread baking with a step-by-step guide. Can’t go wrong with this one, especially if dad's into fun, rewarding hobbies . . . and of course, bread.

Master of the Grill

Dad will find everything there's to know about grilling in this cookbook—from foolproof recipes, top-rated gadgets, kitchen tips, and fascinating food science facts. Let him nerd out . . . it’s his special day after all.


Your dad might be the kind of guy who expresses to you every year that he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day. That’s a fib and even more of a reason why he deserves something special. Here are our top five equipment picks for the humble dad who loves to cook.

Tools & Gadgets

OXO Nonstick Skillet

The ideal skillet is easy to handle, is durable, has great release, and cooks food evenly with appropriate browning. This skillet is a prize worth being rewarded with—it makes everyday living easier. What dad doesn’t want that?

Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 8" Chef's Knife

Our top chef’s knife is something your dad will still be grateful you got him twenty years from now. How do we know? We’ve tested chef knives over the past 20 years, only to come to the conclusion that this is our top performing blade, every time. 

Timolino Icon 16-Ounce Signature Vacuum Travel Tumbler

We know what you’re thinking, “a travel mug? How basic.” Well, having a basic drink holder that actually works is a good thing and a gift worth giving. 

Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4

Knowledge is power, especially in the kitchen. We love using an instant-read thermometer because more control means less stress and better results. Help dad become a smarter chef with this must-have kitchen tool.

Cook’s Country Khaki Apron

Whether dad’s grilling or making something on the stove, have him put this on to catch any splatters and spills. Khaki not his color? Don’t worry, we have it in navy too!


Nothing shows dad your love and appreciation better than a home-cooked meal. If you decide to go with one of the cookbooks or equipment recommendations above, consider pairing it with one of these summer recipes.

Edible Gifts

Smoked Fish Tacos

Your dad has never tried had a taco like this before. Inspired by a trip to Cayucos, California, this recipe features smoky fish, creamy mayonnaise-mustard sauce, and a crunchy, fresh slaw.

Grilled Mojo Chicken

We love vibrant flavors and this dish has plenty! The citrus, garlic, fresh herbs, and jalapeños in the mojo sauce will make dad want to make this recipe again and again.

Grilled Strip Steaks with Green Rice and Cilantro Sauce

Just because dad likes to cook, doesn’t mean everyone else in the family does. Here’s a three-step, quick recipe that even impatient cooks will enjoy making for dad on his special day.

Grilled Pork Burgers

Normally pork burgers are dry and crumbly but our recipe will give you a tender, mild-yet-savory burger. If that doesn’t make dad happy, we’re not sure what will.

Grilled Brats and Beer

With the perfectly cooked sausages and the leftover beer from making them, this recipe is like two gifts in one.

What are you getting dad for Father’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments! If you’re looking for more Father’s Day Gift ideas, check out these articles from our sister site, America’s Test Kitchen.