With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it can be a challenge to narrow down the perfect gift for the special lady in your life. As well as the usual flowers and chocolates, the perfect cookbook is the gift that keeps on giving, creating delicious memories as well as being the perfect keepsake with a hand-written inscription. Long after flowers have wilted and chocolates have been devoured, cookbooks remain cherished.
Whether the lady in question is a budding amateur chef, a baking queen or just a lover of homely hassle-free food, there is a cookbook for every type of foodie Mum at Eason. And if the Mom you’re buying for isn’t the best cook? Wrap up the perfect book with the recipes the two of you can make together bookmarked and watch the brownie points roll in!
Marcus at Home by Marcus Wareing
If the special lady in question is an avid Masterchef fan who loves to host delicious dinner parties and wow friends with her culinary creations, Marcus at Home is the perfect choice. A brilliant blend of impressive entertaining dishes and classic comfort food elevated with Masterchef judge Wareing’s expert flavour hacks, this book is a bible for the Mum who loves nothing more than lingering in the kitchen.
Buy Marcus at Home here.
The Extra Virgin Kitchen by Susan Jane White
Susan Jane White describes her young sons as her little vandals, but even they can’t deny that her recipes ‘take the hell out of healthy’. If your gift recipient loves trawling health food stores and experimenting with the latest superfoods to create nourishing wholefood dishes for the whole family, she will be delighted with the Extra Virgin Kitchen. The best part? Susan Jane’s writing as entertaining as her food is delicious.
Buy the Extra Virgin Kitchen here.
The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast by Neven Maguire
Any and all books from everyone’s favourite Neven Maguire make a welcome gift, and for the mother who is run off her feet The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast is a godsend. From speedy suppers to genius packed lunches and fabulous fake-away dishes the family will love, Neven’s recipes never fail to impress, meaning mom can still get her cooking fix when there are hundreds of other things on her to do list.
Buy The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast here.
Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery Course
For the Mom who’s bookshelf resembles a carefully curated collection of beautiful hardback classic titles, only the most impressive tome will do. Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery Course is a bible of Irish cookery, from the original domestic goddess. Packed with hundreds of classics and plenty of wisdom, no cookbook collection is complete without this title – and it is a hell of a lot cheaper than the €10,000 12 week cookery course at Ballymaloe!
Buy Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery Course here.
The Fit Foodie by Derval O’Rourke
Derval O’Rourke’s Fit Foodie is a fantastic guide to making hassle free, nutritionally balanced meals to fuel an active lifestyle. As a mum of young kids herself, Derval is the perfect adviser to have on hand in the kitchen when planning easy, flavoursome dishes to give the whole family bags of energy. From Laid Back Lamb Tagine to nutritious Nutty Banana Bread, goodies from the Fit Foodie will have everyone sprinting to the dinner table.
Buy The Fit Foodie here.
Recipes from My Mother by Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen never disappoints in the cookbook stakes, and her newest offering is a nostalgic look at the home-cooked food that launched her lifelong love affair with the kitchen. Inspired by her own Mother’s Scandinavian roots as well as the Irish classics they enjoyed cooking together in their Dublin kitchen, Recipes From My Mother is guaranteed to warm the heart with it’s inherent sincerity and honest dishes. For the mother who loves to cook homely, comforting classics with her kids, this is the perfect gift.
Buy Recipes From My Mother here.
The Cultured Club by Dearbhla Reynolds
Dealing with a Mom who can’t bear the thought of food waste? She’ll love The Cultured Club, an excellent guide to creating delicious fermented foods – think Saurkraut and Pickles – ensuring she never has to throw out the dregs of veggies in the fridge ever again. Fermentation also has various health benefits on top of being an economical and environmentally conscious practice, so she can be smug in her stock-piling of delicious jars!
Buy The Cultured Club here.
Bake by Lorraine Pascale
Baking can be highly therapeutic, as well as producing delicious results. If the Mom in your life turns to baking to relax, a fresh batch of ideas is the perfect gift. Lorraine Pascale has a sweet tooth we can all relate to and is a dab hand with a rolling pin, making her newest book Bake a fabulous collection of recipes for the cake queen in your life. From showstopping celebration cakes to rustic breads and stylish patisserie, Bake is packed with plenty of projects to keep the baking goddess Mom happy.
Buy Bake here.
Eat, Live, Go! by Donal Skehan
Donal’s latest book feels like a mini getaway through the medium of vibrant international dishes. If the Mom in your life is crying out for a holiday, Eat. Live, Go is easier on the wallet than booking flights and Donal’s recipes, from Vietnam to Venice Beach, actually taste like a little escape from rainy Ireland. Added bonus? This book is packed with stunning food photography shot by Donal himself, so is perfect for poring over with a cup of tea on the couch.
Buy Eat, Live, Go here.