It is definitely time to think of Mother’s Day gifts for your favorite Mom or Grand Mom who know their way around a kitchen.

DONNA BELL’S BAKESHOP: Recipes and Stories of Family Friends, and Food by Pauley Perrette, Darren Greenblatt, and Matthew Sandusky is the story of how NCIS star Pauley Perrette and her two best friends created a Southern-style bake shop in Manhattan. Donna Bell’s Bakeshop, is owned by the actress Pauley Perrette, of CBS’s NCIS, and her two best friends, named in honor of Pauley’s late mother, who is the cherished inspiration for everything they bake.
The book is sprinkled with personal photos from Pauley, Darren, Matthew, and Donna Bell which add warmth to the story. Standout recipes include peach muffin streusel; turtle cupcakes; strawberry scones with lemon glaze; and buttermilk biscuits. Pauley’s tribute to her Mom makes this a perfect book to give to your favorite Mom.

I know any Mom or Grandmother will love THE SOUP CLUB COOKBOOK: Feed Your Friends. Feed Your Family. Feed Yourself by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow & Julie Peacock. This deliciously enticing cookbook is even dedicated to the authors’ mothers. The Soup Club began when four friends realized that they didn’t have to cook at home every night to make a home cooked meal. Each person in the club took a turn making soup and voila, the club fed four families. This wonderful concept of a cookbook has dozens of tips for cooking in quantity and for tailoring soup to individual tastes. This is a welcome notion for any generation and the creative recipes and beautiful photographs help to make the book a very special treat.

THE KITCHEN DECODED: Tools, Tricks, and Recipes for Great Food by Logan Levant and Hilary Hattenbach takes the mystery out of cooking by teaching you the right equipment and a few great recipes. With chapters organized according to gadgets and appliances, and accompanying recipes that can be prepared with each tool, the book is designed to arm every would-be cook with an arsenal of time-tested equipment and foolproof dishes. Logan Levant, owner of LA’s famous Buttercake Bakery for ten years, spent countless hours showing friends how to use the kitchen tools they received as gifts . . . and thus the idea of The Kitchen Decoded was born. The book is beautifully photographed with very easy-to-follow recipes.

For new Moms or even students who want the basics of baking BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS BAKING STEP BY STEP: Everything You Need to Know to Start Baking Now! by Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen, is a great baking primer. With over 350 easy-to-follow recipes neatly organized by degree of difficulty and visual how-to guides for keeping your kitchen stocked and prepared, a new baker has all the tools to learn such sought after confections as key lime cheesecake bars; caramel-pecan French silk pie; chocolate-peppermint fantasy cake; and crème brûlée.

Here is a wonderful and charming book for Mother’s to cook with their kids. KIDS COOK FRENCH: Les Enfants Cuisinent á La Française by Claudine Pépin, with illustrations by her celebrated chef father — Jacques Pépin, is a book that promotes the love of cooking and eating well. The recipes are in both English and French, allowing for even more learning experiences. Claudine and Jacques Pépin are well known for their public television cooking shows. This book sparks creativity for both child and parent (and even a grandparent or two) to get the kids into the kitchen and appreciating the finer points of cooking.

THE PERFECT EGG: A Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park is a cookbook all about eggs, with 70 intriguing recipes for meals, snacks, and desserts, from the team behind the beloved food blog Spoon Fork Bacon. I adore eggs. Every weekend I try lots of new recipes for brunch from creamy eggs like I had in Paris or just simple fried eggs on bacon. But this new book has inspired me further with ideas like blackberry stuffed croissant French toast; Parmesan popcorn puffs; savory strata; and Dutch baby, a dish I adored as a child at Luchow’s restaurant in NYC.

MASTERING THE ART OF SOUTHERN VEGETABLES by James Beard Award winners, Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart who have excerpted their best vegetable recipes (plus added some new ones) in this lively collection. The book is organized alphabetically by vegetable, with each section beginning with instructions on how to prepare and cook the vegetables. While filming more than 100 television episodes, the authors traveled all over the South discovering where vegetables were grown. This book is the culmination of that search with standouts including summer succotash; hoppin’ John; and eggplant and red pepper stew (southern ratatouille).


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