Esquire magazine's Eat Like a Man bills itself as "the the only cookbook a man will ever need" and with recipes and essays from big-name chefs like Mario Batali and Thomas Keller, we're apt to agree. The dishes within are the hearty, belly-filling sort such as two-hand sandwiches, beefy braises, comforting pastas and plenty of perfectly-charred steaks. Refined recipes and tutorials on cocktail mixing and oyster shucking give Eat Like a Man a Mad Men feel, reminding all of those dads out there that there's something very appealing about a guy who knows his way around the kitchen.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast. Written by Hank Shaw, the force behind the Hunter Gatherer Gardener Cook blog, this is a book for outdoorsy dads who relish providing for themselves from the land. The book includes recipes for venison, bluefish, game birds and other edibles from the land. Shaw's inspired prose and earthy recipes will inspire many hunting, fishing and foraging trips to come.
Man with a Pan is an essay and recipe collection assembled by New Yorker editor, cartoonist and Stay at Stove Dad blogger John Donohue. He's brought together an unlikely cast of food personalities, novelists, musicians, movie folks and even a fireman to share their experiences cooking for their families. Man with a Pan is a wonderfully honest look at the unique family dynamic that happens at dinner time. While all of the contributers might not be professional cooks, they share personal recipes that have kept their families happy and full throughout the years.
Novelist and New York Times staff writer Keith Dixon is another man with a pan. An accomplished home cook, Dixon was used to having the run of the kitchen but fatherhood drastically changed the way he went about preparing meals. Cooking for Gracie is the heartfelt story of Dixon's journey as a new father whose passion for food evolves as his young daughter Gracie grows. It's a perfect pick for the new dads in your life.