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Father’s Day gifts: Best cookbooks

For the dad who relishes his time in the kitchen or over the grill, we have seven tasty cookbooks to wrap up for a Father’s Day gift he’ll relish.

Cookbooks for Father's Day

1On a Stick!

If Dad loves corndogs from the fair or skewers on the grill, On a Stick! will delight his food-on-a-stick desires. Written by self-professed foodie and professional photographer Matt Armendariz, On a Stick! (Quirk Books, May 2011) features 80 palate-pleasing recipes for party food, street-fair food, junk food and whatever else he can cook on a stick. This fun-to-read cookbook also offers humor, food trivia, entertaining suggestions and additional recipes for marinades, dips, and sauces to partner with the on-the-stick recipes.

2The Deen Bros Get Fired Up: Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking, and More

When the sons of food legend Paula Deen aren’t manning The Lady and Sons — their family restaurant in Savannah — Jamie and Bobby Deen love fixing food outdoors, whether it’s for themselves or for their family and friends. In Get Fired Up (Ballantine, April 2011), they offer 125 recipes, grilling advice, home entertaining tips and helpful tidbits to make Dad’s road trips, picnics, and tailgating experiences as tasty as can be. The Deen’s mouthwatering recipes include Peachy Chicken Legs, Charred Tomato Salad, Fire-Roasted Clams and Mussels, Beer Can Chicken, Miami Cubano and more. Get this book for your dad on Father’s Day and expect some cookout invites and good eats.

3Southern Living Off the Eaten Path

Does Dad view road trips as culinary adventures? In Off the Eaten Path (Oxmoor House, May 2011), by travel writer and food critic Morgan Murphy, Dad can sink his teeth into 150 recipes from 75 well loved Southern restaurants from Dallas to D.C. without even leaving home. In addition, Off the Eaten Path offers fun facts, food finds, food festivals and even location and GPS coordinates for these roadside eateries. Dad will enjoy the reviews of “rubbernecker wonders,” kitschy can’t miss attractions along the way — and he will know exactly where to go when he does hit the road. This delectable cookbook includes Colonial Stuffed French Toast from the Colonial Pancake House in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Mee Maw’s Crab Po Boy from Stinky’s Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; and Vanilla-Cognac-Brined Pork Tenderloin from Krazy Kat’s in Wilmington, Delaware, and many, many more.

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