Here are a few books to give to your favorite Moms or Grandmothers for Mother’s Day.
COOKING WITH THE MUSE: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla is a beautiful 500-page volume for any Mom or Grandmom to enjoy. The book is organized seasonally celebrating real food and the traditions behind the dishes. There are 150 recipes with 200 full-color photographs that highlight fresh, local ingredients and the use of seasonal produce. Not only do you have wonderful recipes in this book, but you also have a taste of culinary poetry and literary fare.
EGG: Recipes by Blanche Vaughan is a wonderful comprehensive cookbook on the world’s most versatile ingredient, the egg. This collection of ninety recipes explores pancakes, soufflés, tarts, omelets, puddings and lots of other egg related dishes. The imaginative recipes include kale and chorizo on toast with poached egg; mozzarella in carozza; Italian egg drop soup; sweet popovers; and baked sweet fluffy omelette with jam.
THE BASQUE BOOK: A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito by Alexandra Raij with Eder Montero and Rebecca Flint Marx, is a book from the chef-owners of New York City’s restaurants Txikito, La Vara, and El Quinto Pino which explores the exciting cuisine of the Basque region in Spain. The recipes are complex but mouth-watering. I can’t wait to start cooking these interesting recipes including open-faced fried quail egg and chorizo sandwich; gratin of Belgian endive and Basque blue cheese; spiced lamb meatballs with warm pea salad; and of course Basque ratatouille.
For fans of the daytime talk show, The Chew, THE CHEW: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining – Recipes, Wit, and Wisdom from The Chew Hosts edited by Ashley Archer is a nice basic cookbook from the hosts and guests of this popular show. Highlights include Mario Batali’s beef and barley soup; Michael Symon’s slow-roasted salmon with avocado salad; Carla Hall’s chicken potpie with cheddar-chive biscuits; and Daphne Oz’ pecan pie pudding.
FOOD WITH FRIENDS: The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd, longtime contributor to TheKitchn.com, makes a wonderful book that will be loved by Moms, but also anyone who wants to make easy recipes that are fun to prepare with successful results. I love the creativity of roasted plums with burrata; lemon-lavender French toast; spring green couscous cups; polenta with blistered tomatoes, walnuts & thyme; and butterscotch pots de crème with toasted cornbread croutons. YUM!
FLOYD CARDOZ: FLAVORWALLA: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love by super-chef Floyd Cardoz, who shares 100 easy-to-prepare recipes that transform everyday ingredients into restaurant-quality fare with bold flavors. The recipes are pretty easy to whip up and require ingredients that are readily available. Standouts include coddled eggs with crab, grits, and leeks; shellfish and linguiça stew; steamed red snapper with ginger and cilantro; grilled eggplant and nectarine salad with tomato vinaigrette; and sticky toffee pudding with candied ginger.
COOKING WITH LOULA: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours by Alexandra Stratou who invites us into her Greek family kitchen, where generations have cooked and eaten together, guided by two culinary matriarchs, Grandma Sofia, and her cook Kyria (Mrs.) Loula. The book is chock full of Greek classics including spanakopita; moussaka; dolmadakia; and skordalia as well as some more unusual fare including strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomato sauce); lavraki plaki (oven-baked sea bass); and chestnut pavlova.