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20 Cookbooks Mom Will Love for Mother's Day - Sophisticated Gourmet

20 Cookbooks Mom Will Love for Mother’s Day

April 17, 2016 | 4 Comments

No matter where you are in the world, moms and maternal figures are the most important parts of everyone’s life. They’re the ones with the 24/7 job of nourishing us, making sure we’re okay, putting us in line when we need it, and teaching us how to blossom as individuals.

In celebration of Mother’s Day for the foodie in your life, I’ve put together a list of several great cookbooks that Mom would love— they all offer greatness to the world of food and become instant classics in many of our kitchens.

A great cookbook makes a statement; it has deliciously reliable recipes that anyone can recreate at home, photography that is hunger-inducing, it has insightful and inspiring writing, and it contains relevant knowledge and advice to help create amazing food no matter what you’re making. Moms are the best, and they surely deserve the best that we can give them. Whether your mom is a foodie, if she’s just getting into cooking or baking, or if she just really enjoys reading cookbooks, she’s sure to love at least one of the books on this list!

When we buy cookbooks, we like to think we’re also buying the time to make all the delicious meals within, but more often than not, life gets in the way. That’s the brilliance of this new cookbook from celebrated Superchef Ina Garten: every tasty, accessible recipe in it is designed to be made when you have the time to spare, then saved until you’re ready to serve. Whether planning for an upcoming soirée or just preparing for the work week ahead, you’ll turn to these recipes again and again.

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Lillien’s high-energy, accessible 13th Hungry Girl cookbook focuses on making her crowd- pleasing low-calorie, big-yield dishes with natural ingredients. As ever, the foods are designed for quick assembly and maximum convenience, exemplified by the make-ahead oatmeal bakes in many flavors and the slow-cooker chicken fajitas. Veg-centric food blog trends are in full effect here, including cauliflower in all its forms (pizza, rice, hash browns), spiralized zucchini noodles, and black bean brownies. Some readers might bristle at the reliance on protein powder and Truvia in a “clean” cookbook, but for the most part Lillien has eschewed processed and premade for fresh and uncomplicated. Most readers will simply rejoice at the fact that pumpkin spice waffles, barbecue meatloaf , and fudgy flourless chocolate cake are now legit diet foods.

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3. Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat – By: Chrissy Teigen & Adeena Sussman

Maybe she’s on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she’s making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too. For years, she’s been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom’s Thai classics.

Salty, spicy, saucy, and fun as sin (that’s the food, but that’s Chrissy, too), these dishes are for family, for date night at home, for party time, and for a few life-sucks moments (salads). You’ll learn the importance of chili peppers, the secret to cheesy-cheeseless eggs, and life tips like how to use bacon as a home fragrance, the single best way to wake up in the morning, and how not to overthink men or Brussels sprouts. Because for Chrissy Teigen, cooking, eating, life, and love are one and the same.

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For fans of It’s All Good-or just delicious food-here is the cookbook that will help anyone make delectable, healthy meals in no time! Gwyneth Paltrow is back to share more than 125 of her favorite recipes that can be made in the time it would take to order takeout (which often contains high quantities of fat, sugar, and processed ingredients). All the dishes are surprisingly tasty, with little or no sugar, fat, or gluten. From easy breakfasts to lazy suppers, this book has something for everybody. Yummy recipes include Chocolate Cinnamon Overnight Oats, Soft Polenta with Cherry Tomatoes, Chicken Enchiladas, Pita Bread Pizzas, Quick Sesame Noodles, and more! Plus, an innovative chapter for “on-the-go” meals (Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap, Chopped Salad with Grilled Shrimp, and others) that you can take for lunch to work or school, to a picnic, or to eat while watching soccer practice!

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Imagine what it would be like if you could eat all the foods you love—from General Tso’s Chicken and Buffalo Wings to Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. But instead of feeling bloated, heavy, and lethargic, you felt light, alive, and healthy. It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

This dream is, in fact, reality, and New York Times best-selling author Joy Bauer is here to prove it. In From Junk Food to Joy Food, Bauer lays out the secrets to transforming everyone’s favorite comfort foods into healthier versions of themselves. With a few simple tweaks, you can create sumptuous dishes with the flavors and textures they crave but without the negative side effects. Packed with more than 100 recipes and stunning four-color before-and-after food photography, this book presents some of the most delicious (and typically fattening!) meals, snacks, desserts and drinks—but with a healthy twist.

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6. Celebrate – By: Lauren Conrad

From lifestyle and fashion icon Lauren Conrad—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Lauren Conrad Style and Lauren Conrad Beauty—comes her dazzling and essential guide to entertaining, filled with an inspiring array of lifestyle tips and personal stories and lavishly illustrated with dozens of color photographs throughout.

Filled with lush and inspiring original four-color photos and budget friendly tips, Lauren Conrad Celebrate offers advice about the basics to make planning any type of event a breeze, including suggestions for the perfect invitations, food, drinks, decorations, and gifts. Lauren shows how to put it all together for a diverse range of events that span the calendar, from a charming Baby shower to a festive holiday party. Just as her trusted advice has inspired women to look and feel their best, now Lauren Conrad brings out the fabulous party-giver in all of us in this elegant, must-have guide.

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In her inspiring New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along, Andie Mitchell chronicled her struggles with obesity, losing weight, and finding balance. Now, in her debut cookbook, she gives readers the dishes that helped her reach her goals and maintain her new size. In 80 recipes, she shows how she eats: mostly healthy meals that are packed with flavor, like Lemon Roasted Chicken with Moroccan Couscous and Butternut Squash Salad with Kale and Pomegranate, and then the “sometimes” foods, the indulgences such as Peanut Butter Mousse Pie with Marshmallow Whipped Cream, because life just needs dessert. With 75 photographs and Andie’s beautiful storytelling, Eating in the Middle is the perfect cookbook for anyone looking to find freedom from cravings while still loving and enjoying every meal to the fullest.

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8. The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family to the Table – By: Bridget Moynahan & Wendy Howard Goldberg

Anyone who has ever seen the hit TV show Blue Bloods knows that the family dinner is the centerpiece of every episode. And there are really only three things that Blue Bloods-and everyone else-need to make a successful family dinner: family, love and food. Bring the first two to the table and The Blue Bloods Cookbook will provide the third!

Bridget Moynahan, the show’s star, invites you to partake in that sacred family ritual, offering food lovers more than 100 delectable recipes and bringing you Irish/Italian comfort food that will make you feel right at home.

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9. The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking – By: Maria Menounos

E! News host Maria Menounos adds to her New York Times bestselling EveryGirl book series with this essential collection of 150 easy-to-prepare and delicious recipes for the busy EveryGirl looking to eat well every day of the week!

Maria learned her way around the kitchen by watching and cooking with her mother, Litsa, a professional cook. Inspired by their Greek heritage, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking focuses on fresh and natural ingredients that yield a wide variety of both healthy and splurge-worthy food.

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Now you can make the top 75 recipes from the first ever Barnes & Noble Cookie Bake-Off. Over 4,000 unique cookie recipes were submitted from across the country, and the three lucky finalists presented their cookies for judging to a panel of renowned chefs and food writers at an exciting event held in one of the company’s New York City bookstores.

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11. Baking with Mary Berry – By: Mary Berry

Baking with Mary Berry draws on Mary’s more than 60 years in the kitchen, with tips and step- by-step instructions for bakers just starting out and full-color photographs of finished dishes throughout. The recipes follow Mary’s prescription for dishes that are no fuss, practical, and foolproof—from breakfast goods to cookies, cakes, pastries, and pies, to special occasion desserts such as cheesecake and soufflés, to British favorites that will inspire.

Whether you’re tempted by Mary’s Heavenly Chocolate Cake and Best-Ever Brownies, intrigued by her Mincemeat and Almond Tart or Magic Lemon Pudding, or inspired by her Rich Fruit Christmas Cake and Ultimate Chocolate Roulade, the straightforward yet special recipes in Baking with Mary Berry will prove that if you can read, you can cook!

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It’s easy to be healthy until you get hungry. Making healthy eating sustainable is about two things. One: it’s got to be doable in the context of a time starved life. Two: it’s got to be delicious. Ella Woodward’s newest cookbook Deliciously Ella Every Day offers fantastically appealing and quick recipes for breakfasts, packed lunches, snacks on the go, and stress-free meals.

The book is filled with more than 100 simple yet irresistible plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes. Be inspired by Ella’s quick weekday dinners, amazingly colorful salads, and incredible ideas for meals and snacks on the go. The book also features the top ten rules for living the Deliciously Ella way, tips for eating well without breaking the bank, and shopping lists to help you get organized.

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When Sarah Wilson gave up sugar for good, she developed a new repertoire of creative, go-to dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With 306 satisfying recipes for one-pan wonders, grain- free breakfasts, leftover makeovers, smoothie bowls, and more, this comprehensive cookbook makes living sugar-free simple and sustainable.

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Fanny Slater has been at home in the kitchen since before she could reach the stove. Standing on chairs to watch her parents form the perfect crab cake or whip up their famous brownie batter, Fanny developed a flair for cooking that has continued into adulthood. In a fun new cookbook packed with as much irresistible charm as the self-taught cook herself, Fanny—a homegrown food enthusiast and winner of The Rachael Ray Show’s Great American Cookbook Competition—brings you on a journey through the mouth-watering foods of her childhood, updated with eclectic twists for the modern palate.

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15. Home Cooked: Essential Recipes for a New Way to Cook – By: Anya Fernald & Jessica Battilana

A recipe collection and how-to guide for preparing base ingredients that can be used to make simple, weeknight meals, while also teaching skills like building and cooking over a fire, and preserving meat and produce, written by a sustainable food expert and founder of Belcampo Meat Co.

We all want to be better, more intuitive, more relaxed cooks—not just for the occasional dinner party, but every day. Punctuated by essays on the author’s approach to entertaining, cooking with cast-iron, and a primer on buying and cooking steak, Home Cooked is an antidote to the chef and restaurant books that leave you no roadmap for tonight’s dinner. With Home Cooked, Anya gives you the confidence, and the recipes, to love cooking again.

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Organized by ingredient, The Love & Lemons Cookbook teaches readers how to make beautiful food with what’s on hand, whether it’s a bunch of rainbow-colored heirloom carrots from the farmers market or a four-pound cauliflower that just shows up in a CSA box. The book also features resources to show readers how to stock their pantry, gluten-free and vegan options for many of the recipes, as well as ideas on mixing and matching ingredients, so that readers always have something new to try. Stunningly designed and efficiently organized, The Love & Lemons Cookbook is a resource that you will use again and again.

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17. Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition – By: Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker, Marion Rombauer Becker

The bestselling Joy of Cooking—the book Julia Child called “a fundamental resource for any American cook”—now in a revised and updated 75th Anniversary edition, which restores the voice of the original authors and many of the most beloved recipes from past editions and includes quick, healthy recipes for the way we cook today. JOY is a timeless kitchen essential for this generation and the next.

A St. Louis widow named Irma Rombauer took her life savings and self-published a book called The Joy of Cooking in 1931. Her daughter Marion tested recipes and made the illustrations, and they sold their mother-daughter project from Irma’s apartment.

Today, nine revisions later, the Joy of Cooking—selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century—has taught tens of millions of people to cook, helped feed and delight millions beyond that, answered countless kitchen and food questions, and averted many a cooking crisis.

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18. Hand Made Baking: Recipes to Warm the Heart – By: Kamran Siddiqi

For Siddiqi, a self-taught baker in his early twenties, a large bowl of chocolate cake batter is therapeutic. His debut cookbook introduces readers to his philosophy of “comfort cooking” and presents 55 recipes meant to help novices relax and build confidence in the kitchen. Ranging from easy (Peanut Butter Pinnacle Cookies) to intermediate (New York-style Bagels), Siddiqi’s cakes, cookies, pastries, breads, and breakfast treats—some which have previously appeared on his blog Sophisticated Gourmet —will satisfy readers who love rustic, unfussy desserts. This home baking collection is a polished debut, written with confidence and maturity that belie the author’s age.

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A beautifully styled cookbook featuring over 60 modern recipes for everyday, from the young, fresh talent behind the stunning blog Top With Cinnamon. Izy Hossack isn’t your regular 17- year-old. Since her early teens, she has been developing delicious recipes and styling and photographing them with a flair well beyond her years—and recording it all on her blog, Now an internet phenomenon, her site has received international attention and was shortlisted in the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards 2013. With the same passion and extraordinary talent Izy has compiled a collection of her favorite recipes for all occasions in Top With Cinnamon. Her debut cookbook showcases her impressive skill for food photography and styling as well as her natural ability to produce delicious, wholesome recipes.

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Celebrate the luscious fruits of every season with this stunning collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats. Summer’s wild raspberries become Raspberry Pink Peppercorn Sorbet, ruby red rhubarb is roasted to adorn a pavlova, juicy apricots and berries are baked into galettes with saffron sugar, and winter’s bright citrus fruits shine in Blood Orange Donuts and Tangerine Cream Pie. Yossy Arefi’s recipes showcase what’s fresh and vibrant any time of year by enhancing the enticing sweetness of fruits with bold flavors like rose and orange flower water inspired by her Iranian heritage, bittersweet chocolate and cacao nibs, and whole-grain flours like rye and spelt. Accompanied by gorgeous, evocative photography, Sweeter off the Vine is a must-have for aspiring bakers and home cooks of all abilities.

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  • Reply Tim Graham April 25, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m not much of a “foodie” but my retired mother is and we’re huge Barnes and Nobles fans here. Found your site the other day on the news app for iPhone and its great. Keep up the great work.

    • Reply Kamran Siddiqi April 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      That’s fantastic, Tim! I’m a huge lover of B&N too; bookstores offer an experience online shopping does not– I like to feel books and see them in person before I buy them. Anyway, so glad you’re following along on the Apple News app!

  • Reply Christine | Vermilion Roots April 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I love everything on the list. These days, I seem to be reading cookbooks more than story books. ;-)

    • Reply Kamran Siddiqi April 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      I feel the same way! Though, I do feel quite invigorated when I’m reading a cookbook and a novel at the same time.

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