34 of the Best Recipes from Our Archives

June 12, 2017

I'll be honest with you: I have no idea what kinds of foods "dads" like.

I'm not a dad! But even if I were, who am I—who is anyone—to say what dads want to eat on Father's Day? As a category, "dads" includes a hugely diverse range of human beings: Do they all like pancakes (I'm falling asleep right now) or grilling (can you hear my snores?) or fancy gadgets (yawn) or puns (I just hit the snooze button)?

There are dads in Tokyo, dads in Sardinia, dads in Dar-es-Salaam, in Lyon, in San Antonio, in Uruguay, in Marrakesh, in Chengdu. There are old dads, young dads, middle-aged dads. Dads who are doctors, who are law enforcers, who are security guards, train conductors, clowns. Dads who are very good people, dads who are not so much. Dads who go to every soccer game or sumo match; dads who are, sadly, absent. Dads who are avid home cooks, dads who don't cook at all. Dads who don't even know what a pancake is—and who are dads all the same.

Shop the Story

So to avoid a collection of recipes that will, at worst, offend, and at best, put you to sleep, here's a round-up of recipes that remind me of my dad—not because they're foods he likes but because they're oldies (sorry, Dad) but goodies: They might not be the glitziest or the flashiest (and some might need their photo re-taken), but they're ever-reliable, they're soothing in their familiarity, and they're deserving of attention—this Sunday and into the future.

(And yes, there is a pancake on the list. But it's not because all dads make them well.)





What's your dad's favorite food? Tell us in the comments below!

This article was originally published in June last year. It has been updated to include more recipes.

Food52's Automagic Holiday Menu Maker
View Maker
Food52's Automagic Holiday Menu Maker

Choose your holiday adventure! Our Automagic Menu Maker is here to help.

View Maker

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • someonewhobakes
  • Heather Lampman
    Heather Lampman
  • The Melting Pot
    The Melting Pot
  • Janine Hegendorf
    Janine Hegendorf
I used to work at Food52. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream.


someonewhobakes June 12, 2017
My dad's all-time favorite dessert is pineapple upside-down cake, which my mom has made for him every birthday and Father's Day for the last 30-plus years. It just so happens that it's my boyfriend's father's favorite, too -- so convenient, since I already have my mom's killer recipe!
Heather L. June 19, 2016
We've gotta do this more often! LOVED these oldies! It seems like I see the same old, same old recipes now. These were different from the norm. I like that. Thank You!
The M. June 19, 2016
I totally love you for this article! I'm really confused and annoyed by all the lists going round on mother's and father's day that make often quite sexist assumptions of what "dads" and "mums" like...
Janine H. June 16, 2016
What a nice overview of Special recipes. Love to see all the variations. Love the idea of the chard gratin. Will discover all These recipes this evening to find some vegetarian ones. Thank you for sharing.