A Father’s Day Gift (for the Whole Family)

June 5th, 2013 · 21 Comments · Dinner, Entertaining, Grilling

You could get him a robe. Or another something-or-other that could be categorized as a “gadget.” Or a bottle of gin for his gin & tonics. You could get him a charcoal chimney or grilling tongs monogrammed with his nickname. You could get him any number of things that would make him happy…OR…you could give him something that will directly, immediately, deliciously benefit you and the kids all summer long and for many summers to come. You could give him The Grilling Book, edited by Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appetit and longtime Friend of DALS.  I dare you — and I dare you to dare him — to look at these photos and not want to fire up the grill immediately. The book will be your family’s summer bible — and for anyone who can’t seem to break through the hot-dog-and-burger firewall, you’ll find over 400 pages of gorgeously-photographed inspiration; primers for every stage of the grilling process; salads, slaws, cocktails and sauces that pull it all together; and recipes from all over the world, for all kinds of family dinners. Not convinced? How about a little teaser…to start wouldja look at that Cedar Plank Salmon above?

Skirt Steak with “ridiculously addictive” bright green Chimichurri Sauce.

Lamb Burgers with Moroccan Spices and Orange Salsa made from beets, cumin, jalapeno, and cilantro.

Chicken Yakatori, made with ground chicken, scallions, miso, and soy basting sauce. I am so tracking down all the ingredients for it as soon as this post goes live.

Grilled Haloumi with Watermelon, Tomatoes Basil & Mint. We’ve discussed Grilled Haloumi before, but I don’t know if it’s ever looked this good. It’s a sheep-goat milk blend, that’s firm enough to retain its shape over hot coals, but soft enough to ooze a little inside.

Check it out. Or check out Adam grill four fish recipes from the book on the Today Show. Happy Father’s Day!

All food photographs above by Peden + Munk.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Janet Kemper // Jun 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    The pictures convinved me…not only does my dad need this book, I need this book!

  • 2 Sonya Terjanian // Jun 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Father’s Day: done. Thank you!!!

  • 3 A Life From Scratch // Jun 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    It’s already bought and wrapped for Father’s Day. Is it bad that it’s more of a gift for me though? ;)

  • 4 Jenny // Jun 5, 2013 at 10:38 am

    @A Life From Scratch: That’s the whole point! Love it.

  • 5 Reynaul // Jun 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

    My copy came Monday from Amazon! It won’t be wrapped up though for Father’s Day, it was for me but he has already tagged about 100 recipes to try! I can’t wait to get started! :-)

  • 6 Foodie's Dilemma // Jun 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Love the book and order is officially placed, but what I really want is one of those awesome grilling planks the salmon is on! Where are those from??

  • 7 rona // Jun 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Let us know how the Chicken Yakitori turns out. I am always looking for new ways to grill ground meat/chicken and it looks like a winner, I agree. I will definately check out this book!

  • 8 Deirdre // Jun 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I know he’s gonna see right through my motives, but I love that I have one gift for Father’s Day on the way!

  • 9 Christine Somers // Jun 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion…2 copies have been ordered for the men in my life. One for my son and one for my honey and I am looking forward to summer meal time!

  • 10 Madie // Jun 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for the recommendation! I just bought 2- one for my hubby for father’s day (well, we’re pregnant w/ our first, but he’s ALMOST a dad…) and one for my brother-in-law for his birthday. He’s already quite accomplished on the grill but this looks right up his alley. :)

  • 11 caryn // Jun 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Just one-clicked it! Looks fantastic. Thanks for the rec.

  • 12 13bees // Jun 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    ok done!

  • 13 Tamar // Jun 6, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Well thank you very much Jenny. Got this right now for my husband as he would really enjoy it and loves cooking. Wish he had more time to do it though. And of course I have your book and love it!!!!
    take care!

  • 14 Janna // Jun 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

    This looks amazing, although I think it would be more of a gift for me. He’d get to do the grilling, and I’d get to do the eating.

  • 15 Kirsty // Jun 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    If you just want it for yourself and not to give as a gift it’s only $4.99 on amazon for kindle right now. Bargain!

  • 16 Ronnie Fein // Jun 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Oh, wow those photos really do the selling.

  • 17 erinn johnson // Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Last year we got my husband an egg grill for father’s day. This book is the perfect follow-up gift.

  • 18 Tina Ives // Jun 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Looks great but couldn’t you have teased us with one recipe from the book?

  • 19 ARCpoint Labs of Grand Rapids // Jun 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Good idea! Might have to incorporate this into my Father’s Day.

  • 20 Hillary // Jun 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    That salmon looks ah-maz-ing! What a perfect gift.

  • 21 PARIS BEE kids blog // Jun 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Oh wow, I think I will get big points if I offer this book to my husband. Thanks for posting about it!!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

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