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Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook

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Cuisinart food processor
Amazon

Cuisinart Custom 14 Food Processor

$220 from Amazon

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Although stand mixers are the go-to appliance for most bakers, a heavy-duty food processor can make kneading bread dough a breeze... not to mention all those other tasks, like shredding cheese, dicing veggies, making purees, chopping nuts, and more. For professional reviewers and consumers alike, this Cuisinart model (DFP-14BCNY) is among the best, with a generous 14-cup capacity, powerful 720-watt motor, and three stainless-steel blades and slicing discs.


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Cave Tools Meat Claws
Amazon
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Velesco Silicone Baking Mat
Amazon
caravel sea salt sampler
Amazon

Specialty Salt

$20 from Amazon
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This useful gift of small-batch artisan salts adds a brilliant pop of flavor to gourmet and everyday dishes. Sea salts are blended with herbs and spices to create varieties such as Hawaiian Bamboo Jade and Garlic Medley.

Truffle Oil
Amazon

Truffle Oil

$15 from Amazon
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Truffle flavor is incorporated everywhere from pasta and pizza to fries and even high-end sushi. Truffle mushrooms are expensive, because they must be sniffed out by trained hogs or dogs, but truffle oil is a cheaper alternative.

ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Amazon
Tellicherry Peppercorns
Amazon

Tellicherry Peppercorns

$10 from Amazon
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What's salt without pepper? Tellicherry black peppercorns deliver a deep, complex flavor with a bite. A pound should last about a year.

Culinary Torch
Amazon

Culinary Torch

$18 from Amazon
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This useful culinary torch will add plenty of fire to dad's kitchen arsenal. The handheld butane torch can be used for a variety of purposes, including caramelizing crème brûlée, browning meringues, searing meat, melting cheese for a perfectly gratinéed french onion soup, and making s'mores.

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Guanciale - Cured Hog Jowl
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Guanciale

$7.50 and up from Olio & Olive
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Cooks often use pancetta, pork belly, or the standard smoked variety, but guanciale — cured meat from the jowl of a pig — makes a singular gift for a pork-loving foodie. Popular in central Italy but little known on this side of the pond, guanciale is leaner and boasts a more pronounced flavor than bacon.


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Amazon

Vitamix Blender

$450 from Amazon
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If the sole purpose of a blender is to make smoothies or margaritas, spending more than $40 doesn't make sense. But the Vitamix 5200  is powerful enough to juice any fruit or vegetable, pulverize bread into crumbs, grind nuts or seeds into butter, and turn cold soup into hot. It boasts "aircraft-grade" stainless steel blades, a metal drive system, and a seven-year warranty that covers parts, performance, and shipping both ways.


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Wüsthof Classic Chef’s Knife
Sur La Table

Wüsthof Classic Chef’s Knife

$160 from Sur La Table
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Experts say home cooks need only three or four knives, the most important being an 8- or 10-inch chef's knife that is hefty and feels like an extension of the hand. The Wüsthof Classic 8-inch chef's knife garners strong endorsements from users and comes with a limited lifetime guarantee, which the company honors as long as the knife has been properly maintained.


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RSVP International Onion Goggles
Amazon

Onion Goggles

$21 from Amazon
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Teary-eyed cooks will happily don RSVP International's onion goggles. The handy accessory comes in different colors and has won hundreds of enthusiastic (and grateful) reviews online.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
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Oster Cordless Rechargeable Electric Wine Bottle Opener
Amazon

Electric Wine Opener

$20 from Amazon
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Save loved ones from wrestling with stubborn wine corks. The Oster electric wine opener has won over thousands of consumers and averages 4.4 stars from more than 17,000 reviewers on Amazon. The opener is cordless and comes with a charging base. One charge opens up to 30 bottles.


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Jumbo Silicone Ice Trays
Amazon

Jumbo Silicone Ice Trays

$8 from Amazon
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Inexpensive silicone ice trays, such as a jumbo cube version, make a thoughtful gift to enhance the quality of drinks all year round. Given the price, consider giving a couple of sets.


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Blooming Lollipops
Uncommon Goods

Blooming Lollipops

$20 from Uncommon Goods
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Tickle their taste buds with this collection of lollipops, each with a unique flavor such as strawberry-rhubarb and lemon-thyme. Once done, plant the stick and watch an herb or flower grow within three months.


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Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

$40 from Walmart
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Cast iron is the ideal medium for cooking anything that requires a crust, like steak, biscuits, and fried chicken. From oven to stovetop, Lodge cast iron cookware is virtually indestructible and guaranteed for life. It comes pre-seasoned and remains nonstick if properly maintained. 


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Dough and Bowl Scrapers
Amazon
Joseph Joseph Handi-Grate 2-in-1 Mini Grater and Slicer
Amazon

Mini Grater and Slicer

$10 from Amazon
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This two-in-one tool is a space saver and multitasker for cooks. The handheld device grates everything from cheese to citrus zest and slices small fruits and veggies (similar to a mandoline but on a smaller scale). The flat design makes it easy to store or take along for gourmet picnics that call for freshly grated cheese.

Casabella Guac-Lock Container
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Casabella Guac-Lock Container

$18 from Amazon
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Fresh guacamole looks scrumptious when first made or opened. But after it's been exposed to air, it turns brown. This storage container keeps the air out and the guacamole looking fresh.

Ceramic Kitchen Speaker
Hudson Grace

Ceramic Kitchen Speaker

$75 from Hudson Grace
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A few good tunes can help time in the kitchen go by more quickly. This ceramic speaker looks like a decorative piece, but can be used to blast music once a smartphone is dropped into the top slot.


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Slate Cheese Board
Crate & Barrel

Slate Cheese Board

$10 from Crate & Barrel
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This specialty item adds class and sophistication to any spread. Surprisingly inexpensive, the slate cheese board is cheap enough to give a set of two. Complete the gift with some chalk for labeling the cheese on the board.

apron christmas gift
Amazon
Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher
Target
Escuminac maple syrup
Amazon
Angostura Bitters
Target

Aromatic Bitters

$10 from Target
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Mostly known as a cocktail flavor enhancer in the United States, aromatic bitters are actually considered a food flavoring in most of the world. Recommended uses on the classic Angostura label include adding a few dashes to soups and sauces or morning coffee. A secret blend of botanicals gives it a unique flavor and it makes a low-cost option for foodies. 


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EZ-Duz-It Deluxe Can Opener
Amazon

EZ-Duz-It Deluxe Can Opener

$12 from Amazon
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A manual can opener is, compared to many of the other appliances on our list, a very simple gadget. But it's also one that you'll use constantly, and unlike electric models, a manual can opener won't take up valuable counter space. This American-made can opener does the job time after time. Just be sure to keep that blade clean. 


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Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer
Target
Love With Food
Love With Food

Give the Gift of Snack Delivery

$8.50 and up from Love With Food
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Have a friend who likes to nibble? Try gifting snack box delivery subscriptions such as Nature Box, Urthbox, and Snakku. A regular snack delivery ensures that special someone thinks of you whenever they grab a bag. Love With Food, however, not only offers subscriptions with different price points, but it donates meals to families in need with every purchase.  


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Easy Chef Chocolate Bar Maker
Amazon
'Ove' Glove
Amazon

Oven Glove

$20 from Amazon
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Make cooking and serving more fun and safer with a heat-resistant ‘Ove’ Glove — an affordable present for cooks young and old. Cooks will enjoy the extra flexibility and dexterity the glove provides, which an oven mitt doesn’t.


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Jacques Torres' Wicked Hot Chocolate Mix
Jacques Torres Chocolate

Gourmet Chocolate

$23 from Jacques Torres
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Chocolate aficionados will delight in "bean-to-bar" artisanal chocolate. This Wicked Hot Chocolate mix contains enough cinnamon, allspice, and chili to rouse the taste buds of the most jaded palate.


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Spiralizer
Amazon

Spiralizer

$20 from Amazon
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Every kitchen lover should have a spiralizer that turns vegetables into noodles of different shapes and sizes. While the larger versions cost closer to $35, handheld versions such as this OXO offer a high-quality handheld introduction to the world of spiralizing.

Immersion Blender
Amazon

Immersion Blender

$21 from Amazon
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Handheld blenders are especially useful for cooks who love to save time cooking and minimize cleanup. As with most home appliances there are a lot of options for price points, but good quality option start surprisingly low.

Real Cooking Chocolate Pen
Amazon

Real Cooking Chocolate Pen

$20 from Amazon
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Any chocoholic will love making sweet creations with this gizmo. Use the accompanying molds to create yummy multicolored chocolates shaped like animals, toys, or freeform designs all your own. Top cupcakes or enjoy the chocolates on their own.

Mortar and Pestle
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Mortar and Pestle

$11 from Amazon
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One of the oldest and most widely used culinary tools, this ancient form of grinding and combining ingredients taps into a primal sense. Most cooks love getting involved with their ingredients, and some even have multiple mortars and pestles for different applications. A basic one in dignified gray marble is a good place to start.

Recipe Binder
Amazon
Molinillo
Amazon

Molinillo

$14 from Amazon
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This handy, traditional tool is used to mix up a batch of frothy Mexican hot chocolate. Crafted out of beautiful wood, it is one of the oldest symbols of Mexican gastronomy