Father's Day Gifts for the Food-Loving Dad

With Father's Day coming up, it's time to start thinking about gift ideas for Dad. Since our dad's often spend so much time feeding us as we're growing up, it might be nice to feed him this Father's Day with an edible gift.

- Steak Dinner: It's summer, so if your dad loves to grill, he'll probably love a few choice cuts of steak. Provide him with all the accouterments, too. Potatoes scrubbed and ready to roast in a packet with rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil on the side, and a nice bottle of red wine.

- Sustainable Fish: For something less red meat focused, places like Triad Fisheries also ship fish products around the country. Besides their wildly popular Smoked Coho Salmon, they also offer Black Cod, Halibut and Spot Prawns, all caught off the Alaskan Coast, and all carefully packaged to ensure freshness for you Dad.

- "Of The Month" Club Subscription: For a long-term gift, you could also consider an "Of the Month" club. Whether it's "cheese of the month," "sausage of the month," "wine of the month," or even "bacon of the month," there are a number of companies that will ship on a scheduled system to ensure your father is getting something new throughout the year. It's a nice way to give a gift that keeps on giving.

- Great Reads: Maybe your Dad needs a great book to relax with on the weekends or on his commute. Is he interested in sustainability? Pick up one or two of these Five Books for Your Sustainable Food Bookshelf. Or, give the gift of recipes with a copy of New American Table. If he's curious about life as a professional chef, there are numerous memoirs that give your dad bring a taste of kitchen life. Two stories in particular are great for non-chefs, as the authors were writers before entering into the kitchen. I suggest Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany (Vintage) by Bill Buford, which tells the inside tale of Mario Batali's restaurants, while Gabrielle Hamilton's acclaimed Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef is an eloquent memoir that illuminates a food-centric life inside and outside the kitchen.

What are you planning for father's day this year?

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