Give Dad the gift of cutlery that "rocks technically and aesthetically" according to celeb chef Guy Fieri. Fieri teamed up with Ergo Chef to create this signature Knuckle Sandwich line of knives, which are constructed with high carbon stainless steel in an ergonomic design that will make each knife an extension of Dad's hand. From the 8-inch chef's knife aptly named Big Stick to the 4-inch paring knife, referred to as L'il Guy, Dad will love the feel of these knives in his hand and the bold design on the handle.
Price: $35 to $76 depending on knife
Named the best overall BBQ Tools Set by The Wall Street Journal, the Heritage Professional Stainless Steel BBQ Tools Set includes a grill light, 3-in1 corkscrew, spatula, tongs, fork, knife, basting brush, two skewers, cleaning brush and computerized Super Bright Chef's Fork, which features a spotlight and built-in thermometer with 16 doneness levels. Made of stainless steel and handsome rosewood handles, these BBQ tools will make Dad feel like a Grill King while he cooks his favorite meats to juicy perfection. BBQ tools set includes a molded case.
To go along with Dad's knives and BBQ tools, award-winning food writer and true Southerner James Villas presents PIG: King of the Southern Table (Wiley Hardcover, 2010). In this sumptuous cookbook, Villas pays homage to one of the most essential ingredients in Southern cuisine: Pork in all its many forms. From ham, pork loin, and bacon to sausage, ribs, and even pigs' ears and feet, Dad will learn the differences between different BBQ styles, nearly two dozen ways to cook a ham, and the many ways to prepare the pig from head to toe (Southerners don't like to let food go to waste). With over 300 recipes, including Bacon Cheddar Biscuits, Baked Pork Loin with Fig-Citrus Stuffing and Arkansas Black Barbecued Back Ribs, simply paging through Pig will have Dad salivating.
If Italian fine wine is more Dad's style, he'll relish Lucente 2007, a balanced red wine from Tuscany made with a blend of 50 percent Merlot, 35 percent Sangiovese and 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The latest vintage produced by Frescobaldi, a family with 700 years of winemaking history, Lucente 2007 has a scent consisting of dried plum and blackberry preserves, roasted espresso bean and baker's chocolate, and subtle hints of green pepper. As for the taste, each sip demonstrates a warmth and roundness that displays smooth, glossy tannins, and a well-balanced acidity.
For the dad who appreciates French cuisine and loves to cook it, Stéphane Reynaud's French Feasts (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009) is a cookbook must-have, particularly for those with some culinary expertise. Featuring nearly 300 classic French recipes, including Boeuf Bourguignon and Crème Brulee, and profiles of local winemakers and food artisans, French Feasts is not only beautifully illustrated, it's simply a great read. Dad will soon become a master in making croissants, tarts, pates, gratins, braised meats and more, all while enjoying Reynaud's informative, convivial style.
Themed recipes and music make cooking with Dad a tasty and entertaining endeavor. From Sharon O'Connor's MusicCooks series, Brookstone offers four Menus and Music boxed sets, each serving up the gift of delicious food and great music. Each Menus and Music boxed set contains a variety of easy to prepare recipes and a matching music mix CD with selections from top artists. Quick to clean recipe cards feature full-color photos of dishes, shopping lists and cook's tips, and are detachable for taking from kitchen to grocery store. Available in four popular titles: Wine Tasting (featuring bluegrass to jazz music); Cocktail Hour (jazz-themed); Rock & Roll Comfort Cooking (50s and 60s rock classics); and Grill to Thrill (get ready for a sizzling blend of rock, blues and funk). Get Dad all four to satisfy whatever cooking mood he is in.
Price: $25 each
Give Dad the flavorful basis for many mouthwatering meals, from dressings for salads to marinades for succulent meats. Honey Ridge, a beekeeping company who expertly crafts all natural specialty honey products, has four gourmet honey vinegars that will make Dad's mouth water: Balsamic, Fire Roasted Chili, Lemongrass Coriander, and Sundried Tomato & Tarragon. Honey Ridge also makes honey glazes and grilling sauces, giving you the opportunity to mix and match a gourmet gift basket for Dad.
Price: $11 each bottle
Does Dad have an undeniable sweet tooth? Surprise him with The King's Cupboard Espresso Caramel Sauce, a preservative-free, kosher-certified, small-bath dessert sauce exuding rich espresso and caramel flavors that Dad will want to eat straight out of the 11-ounce jar. This decadent sauce can be stirred into oatmeal (yes, for breakfast), used as a dip for fruit slices or cookie bites (the ultimate in snack indulgence), or drizzled over ice cream, cake and many other of Dad's favorite confections.
If Dad loves his craft brews, he'll look forward to paging through a year's subscription to the award-wining All About Beer magazine. This brew-centric bi-monthly publication covers the history and variety of beers, methods and traditions of beer making, the political and social environments that influence the making and distribution of beer, general beer culture and the best beers ever made. The magazine's Beer Calendar also gives Dad a chance to attend beer festivals and events to sip novel craft brews and get together with other avid brew lovers. As a bonus, with every paid subscription, All About Beer magazine will include a free DVD of American Brew, a documentary on craft brewing history in the US.
Price: $21 for seven issues
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