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The Ultimate Cookbook Gift List for Moms

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Does mom love to cook? Give her a cookbook for Mother’s Day or any gift! Check out this list, in partnership with Barnes & Noble, and find a cookbook your mom will love!

Cookbook Ideas for Moms

One of my favorite past times as a kid was reading. I literally read every single book in the YA fiction section of our small town library when I was in junior high. These days I much more likely to be enjoying a good cookbook for leisure reading. Like a lot of moms, I spend a lot of time cooking – and planning meals and thinking about what to cook.  A great cookbook makes a great gift especially if mom likes to cook.

The Ultimate Cookbook List for Moms

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Ina Garten

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: One of the true secrets to sanity in the kitchen is make ahead meals and no one does them quite like Ina Garten.  Ina’s recipes aren’t exactly the simplest, but they work every single time. When I want a recipe I know is going to be a success, Ina is one of the first places I go.


Prep Ahead Meals from Scratch

Prep-Ahead Meals From Scratch: Quick & Easy Batch Cooking Techniques and Recipes That Save You Time and Money: Batch cooking takes all the dirty work of cooking and gets it done at one time.  I love this book from author and blogger, Alea Milham.  Alea also provides tips on how to use batch cooking to save money on food.


Home Cooked

Home Cooked: Essential Recipes for a New Way to Cook: I love a good short cut, but my favorite way to cook is from scratch.  This cookbook is for the mom who really wants to take it to a new level. The cookbook includes 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. If you know a mom who wants to get back to the basics in cooking, this is the book for her.


More with Less Cookbook

More With Less Cookbook: I bought this cookbook early on in my efforts to learn to cook from scratch. It’s stained and worn from use.  It has delicious recipes made with basic ingredients. Our favorite baked chicken recipe mix is from this cookbook.


The I Quit Sugar Cookbook

The I Quit Sugar Cookbook: 306 Recipes for a Clean, Healthy Life: Sugar is the new fat and I’m one of those moms who has hopped on the no sugar band wagon. Except it’s really hard to figure out exactly how or what to cook when you cut sugar out! I follow I Quit Sugar on Facebook and their cookbook is on my wishlist!


Orange Lavender and Figs

Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater: One of may all time favorite flavor combinations is orange and lavender – like Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Frosting – so I want this cookbook just for the orange lavender fig jam recipe. This cookbook is the winner of The Rachael Ray Show’s Great American Cookbook Competition and Rachael rarely gets it wrong!



Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat:  With recipes like fried chicken – and we all know how much I love a good fried chicken recipe – and French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes, I am dying to get this book in my hands. It is comfort food recipes at their best.  Maybe if I leave it open someone will make me the Pull-Apart Biscuits and Gravy!


The EVeryGirl's Guide to Cooking

The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking:  The ultimate guide to delicious and healthy meals that are simple to make – sounds like a dream come true! As a plus, she promises to make us love vegetables.  Every mom is looking for a way to get more vegetables on plates and in tummies so definitely add this to the list.

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