Finding the perfect gift for Mother's Day can be challenging but if your mom is a foodie then you've hit the jackpot. These gourmet cookbooks contain hundreds of recipes that mom will love. The best part is that by indulging mom with new cookbooks you'll be able to reap the benefits when she gets to cooking.
Not sure which cookbook to gift mom? Here's a quick guide to help you out:
Mother's Day Gift Guide: 10 Cookbooks for Mom
For the mom keen on mastering food pairings
Does mom love to entertain? Is she constantly looking for the right wines to pair with her foods? Then this cookbook from James Briscione, the director of culinary research at the Institute of Culinary Education, is a no-brainer. The Flavor Matrix helps readers understand the science behind food so they create the most splendid pairings which may not have seemed obvious at first glance. This is a gift mom will turn to again and again.
For the mom who loves France
My Paris Kitchen by renown food blogger David Lebowitz contains 100 modern French recipes including classics like croque monsieur, cassoulet and coq au vin. Mom will enjoy Lebowitz's intriguing storytelling just as much as she'll love the recipes.
For the mom addicted to food shows
Actress Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele Corcos are the hosts of the Cooking Channel's Extra Virgin. Together they've written Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen and created a cuisine uniquely their own which reflects her Italian-American heritage and his Tuscan upbringing.
For the mom who loves Italian food
If mom loves Italian food, in particular favorites like chicken cacciatore and osso bucco, treat her to Recipes from an Italian Butcher, a compilation by the Silver Spoon. This beautiful collection of 150 recipes highlight the best braises, stews and roasts the country has to offer. Buon appetito!
For the mom who likes to bake
If mom enjoys homemade bread, she'll fall head over heels for Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking - Make Awesome Bread - Share the Loaves. The first cookbook from San Francisco baker Josey Baker (yup, that's his real name) features step-by-step instructions and over 100 photos of must-try recipes for breads, pizza, scones, cookies and other treats.
For the mom who enjoys the farmer's market
Does mom like to buy her produce from the farmer's market? Then she will appreciate Ingredienti: Marcela's Guide to the Market. This book from the late Marcella Hazan, the godmother of Italian cuisine, was posthumously published and features handwritten notes translated by Hazan's husband Victor in which she covers practical tips and wisdom on selecting and purchasing the best seasonal ingredients.
For the mom who adores haute cuisine
Shot by award-winning Swedish photographer Pers-Anders Jörgensen, Eating With Chefs is best described as a cookbook for those who dream of sharing meals with their favorite restaurateurs. The cookbook features recipes from some of the world's best restaurants like El Celler de Can Roca, Noma and The French Laundry.
For the mom tempted to live on a farm
If mom's idea of paradise involves living on a farm, growing her own produce, foraging, and leading a sustainable lifestyle then she'll love Farmlife: From Farm to Table and New Country Culture. Published by Gestalten, this book features recipes and stories from chefs, beekeepers, farmers and other artisans in the food industry who aim to make a difference in their communities. It makes a great coffee table book.
For the mom who enjoys canning and preserving
Top Chef guest judge Hugh Acheson has published a nifty cookbook titled Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks. It will encourage mom to make kimchi, icebox dill pickles and Southern favorites like pickled green tomatoes.
For the mom hooked on Chinese food
If mom is a lover of all things Chinese she may want to experiment with a wok at home. If that's the case then she'll surely appreciate China The Cookbook by Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan. This culinary bible of all things Chinese contains more than 650 recipes from different parts of the country. A true treasure.