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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Whether your dad is a cocktail nerd, an oyster-lover, a beer guy, or just someone who loves to tinker in the kitchen, we've pulled together a few great themed gift sets to make his day this Father's Day.

For the Home Cook

For a dad who loves to putter around in the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with a pasta machine and a few pasta essentials, like stone-milled pasta flour and a jar of pesto rosso, made from olive oil, dried tomatoes, salt, garlic and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pair it with Sorella, the cookbook inspired by the Manhattan restaurant of the same name, which features recipes like tajarin pasta in a minty lamb ragù and broccoli fritti doused in a pickled-chile aioli. Bonus: You just might get a home-cooked dinner as a thank you. Sorella,_ $35 at Amazon.com_
Imperia pasta machine, $79.95 at Williams-Sonoma
Pasta flour, $9.50 for a 1.5 lb bag at Hayden Flour Mills
ROI tomato pesto, $9.80 for 6.3 oz. at Eataly

For the Oyster Lover

A sleek set of shellfish knives in a leather carrying case goes perfectly with three dozen briny Island Creek Oysters, shipped straight from their farm in Duxbury, MA. Add in a copy of John Bonnell’s Waters, a gorgeous seafood cookbook inspired by the restaurant of the same name. Wellfleet Oyster, Little Neck Clam, & Crab Knives + Leather Wrap, $150 at
Waters: Fine Coastal Cuisine,_ $35 at Amazon.com_
Three dozen oysters, $84 at Island Creek Oysters

For the Master Griller

Upgrade his outdoor cooking with a compact smoker and set of three varieties of wood chips—cherry wood, maple wood, and apple wood—to add another layer of smoky flavor to grilled fish, chicken, steaks, or ribs. Add The Salt Lick’s hopelessly addictive sauce and dry rub and Fire and Smoke, pitmaster Chris Lilly’s guide to cooking over an open flame. Stainless-steel smoker box, $27.96 at Williams-Sonoma
Sauce and dry rub gift pack, $19.95 for 3 bottles at The Salt Lick
Fire and Smoke: A Pitmaster’s Secrets,_ $24.99 at Amazon.com_
Flavored Smoking Wood Chip Samplers, $14.99 for a pack of 3 at World Market

For the Cocktail Nerd

While tiki drinks used to be synonymous with syrupy-sweet, pink-umbrella concoctions, they’re making a comeback in a big way. Give a dad who’s into cocktails all the tools to make drinks like the Tiki Bandit or Gooney Goo-Goo: Cocktail Kingdom’s Potions of the Caribbean, an ice crusher, a set of tiki glasses, and a bottle of almond-flavored orgeat syrup for classics like the Mai Tai. Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean_, $27.95 at Cocktail Kingdom_
Ceramic tiki tumblers, $19.39 for 4 at
Fee Bros. orgeat almond cordial syrup, $9.95 for 32 oz. at
Ice crusher, $36.80 at

For the Budding Pizziaolo

Perfect homemade pizza can be tough to master, but the results are well worth it. Give dad a set of walnut pizza tools from Food52, a pizza stone, and a copy of master pizza-maker Gabriel Bonci’s tome Pizza. Walnut Pizza Peel, $48 at Food52
Pizza Cutter, $36 at Food52
Pizza Stone, $49.95 at Crate & Barrel
Pizza: Seasonal Recipes from Rome’s Legendary Pizzarium_, $30 at Amazon.com_

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