Stock up: Two treats and a cookbook to flavor Father’s Day

“Hook, Line, and Supper” by Hank Shaw 
Courtesy of Holly A. Heyser
“Hook, Line, and Supper” by Hank Shaw Courtesy of Holly A. Heyser

If you’re looking for Father’s Day gifts, there’s a new cookbook full of inspiration, and we have a couple of savory suggestions, too.

“Hook, Line, and Supper” by Hank Shaw

Hank Shaw says he’s a hunter, angler, gardener and cook, and his newest cookbook, “Hook, Line, and Supper” is filled with delicious recipes for just about anything you can catch or harvest from fresh or salt water. There is something in this book for every dad, whether he’s an armchair fisherman or regularly wades out into water to catch his family’s dinner. It doesn’t hurt that the book has gorgeous photos, taken at some of the prettiest fishing spots around. The pictures even tempted a nonangler like me. You just want to get out there and enjoy those watery environments. And, the more than 120 recipes are not the usual fry-it-in-cornmeal variety, but include ideas like salmon piccata, East African fish stew and spaghetti with crab sauce. The book is coffee table-worthy, but just may inspire that armchair fisherman to get out of his chair and go catch dinner.

$32.95. Available at Barnes & Noble and at honest-food.net.

Salami sampler from San Giuseppe Salami Co. Courtesy of Alex Hale
Salami sampler from San Giuseppe Salami Co. Courtesy of Alex Hale

Credit: Alex Hale

Credit: Alex Hale

Salami sampler from San Giuseppe Salami Co.

The dad in our household thought he knew salami, but this box from Elon, North Carolina-based San Giuseppe Salami Co. contained salamis he never had heard of. What a great chance to sample flavors we didn’t know existed: Vesuvio salami flecked with bits of aged provolone? Yes, please. Milano salami, made with white wine, fresh garlic and whole peppercorns, hit all those savory notes you look for in salami. And, there were two versions of our favorite, sopressata — both hot and sweet. The box also includes two classics — pepperoni and Classico salami. Giacomo and Laura Santomauro started their business in 1999 with Giacomo’s Italian Market in Greensboro, and expanded in 2009, when they launched San Giuseppe Salami Co., producing salamis from traditional Italian recipes, as well as selling imported Italian cheeses. They have everything a dad needs for a perfect charcuterie board.

$52.95 for the sampler of six 6-ounce salamis. Available at salamisbymail.com. Order at salamisbymail.com/discount/AJC20 for a 20% discount.

Blue cheese-stuffed olives from Boscoli. Courtesy of Kara Occhipinti
Blue cheese-stuffed olives from Boscoli. Courtesy of Kara Occhipinti

Credit: Kara Occhipinti

Credit: Kara Occhipinti

Blue cheese-stuffed olives from Boscoli

Boscoli Foods of New Orleans has been making Creole Italian versions of olives, olive salads and pickles for almost 30 years. The Boscoli family’s best-known product may be their olive salad, a necessity for a real muffuletta, but we found their blue cheese-stuffed olives during a trip to the beach, and have been snacking on them ever since. Huge green olives, stuffed with savory blue cheese, is a combination worth making a special journey to find. We’ve served these as nibbles before dinner, and as an accompaniment to burgers right off the grill, but we hear they’d be just the right garnish for your next bloody mary. No need for a special trip to the beach; you can order them online.

$5.85 per 16-ounce jar. Available at the Fresh Market, Kroger and at boscoli.com.

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