Do perfectly normal fathers turn into ’60s sitcom dads on Father’s Day? Go to the mall this time of year and the men’s stores are still dragging out the novelty cuff links and manicure sets. Buy Dad something for his real life—actual or aspirational.

Father's Day Food and Cooking Gifts 2012

(1.) Mugaritz: A Natural Science of Cooking, $49.95. (2.) Weber Original Gourmet BBQ System–Griddle Set, $64.99. (3.) Bob Kramer 8-inch Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife by Zwilling J. A. Henckels, $349.95. (4.) Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, about $40. (5.) La Quercia Tamworth Bacon, $31.95 for two pounds. (6.) Tomr’s Tonic artisanal tonic syrup (just add sparkling water!), $29.95. (7.) Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit, $19.95. (8.) Recchiuti Bar Quattro Contemporary Chocolate Bars, $22 for four bars. (9.) Scrappy’s Bitters Gift Pack #1 (grapefruit, orange, lime, cardamom), $16.95. (10.) Seamus Mullen’s Hero Food, $35.

Roxanne Webber is a former editor at CHOW.
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