Here are a few cookbooks that will appeal to Dads and Granddads this year.
Southern food is much more than cornbread, fried chicken, and grits. In A TIME TO COOK: Dishes from My Southern Sideboard James Farmer makes his own twist on Southern dishes utilizing the freshest of ingredients to make a new Southern lifestyle cookbook. The book is beautifully illustrated with mouth-watering recipes including scallop and pear salad; sweet potato pudding (using buttermilk and milk instead of cream); Vidalia onion risotto; plum and persimmon pork tenderloin; and buttermilk biscuit bread pudding with caramel sauce.
As a Top Chef groupie, I was anxious to read FABIOS ITALIAN KITCHEN: Over 100 Delicious Family Recipes from “fan favorite” Fabio Viviani, currently the host of Chow Ciao on Yahoo and owner of two Los Angeles restaurants plus one in Chicago. Fabio’s mission is to enable readers to make fabulous home-cooked Italian food without too much hassle but using the freshest ingredient. The book is trade paperback and has lots of beautiful photographs to guide cooks. My Mother’s tomato bread soup (papa al pomodoro); tuna with tomatoes and capers (tuna alla Livornese); braised veal shanks with my grandma’s gremolata (osso buco della nonna); and apple cake with grappa (torta di mele e grappa) are favorites.
THE GRILLING BOOK: The Definite Guide From Bon Appétit, edited by Adam Rapoport of Bon Appétit, is the perfect gift for Dads and grill cooks who love outdoor cookery. With over 350 recipes and full-color photographs, this is the quintessential summer cookbook! From simple all-American barbecued chicken and strip steak sandwiches on garlic baguette to Chinese-style lobster and agave-glazed pork belly, this book is a must for those who love to grill in the summer.