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The best cookbooks for Mother’s Day 2022

by Malou Herkes

published on 27 February 2020

Planning Mother’s Day? There are plenty of ways to show your mamma you care; cook her a nice breakfast (we vote for these pancakes), take her out to lunch, send her flowers or – for the food-loving mothers out there – buy her a cookbook. We’ve rounded up the best cookbooks for every type of mum. 

Table Manners: The Cookbook

Table Manners

by Jessie Ware, Lennie Ware

We couldn’t celebrate mothers this year without thinking of our favourite mum of the moment; Table Manners’ Lennie Ware. British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware and her mum, Lennie co-host the show that welcomes celebrity guests onto hit podcast, Table Manners, to share their favourite home-cooked meal. We’ve loved listening to Lennie’s brash, hilarious conversation as she’s cooked for Nigella Lawson, Tom Kerridge, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ed Sheeran. Celebrate with this official tie-in cookbook and cook along at home. 

The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, pickles, jams and more

The Modern Preserver

by Kylee Newton

If you find your mum bubbling down vats of jam come the summer and autumn, then this book is for her. Kylee’s genius flavour combinations (yes please, pear and lavender) aren’t limited to jam though. There are recipes for chutneys and pickles, cordials and compotes too. This is for anyone wanting to discover interesting and exciting ways to preserve gluts of fruit and veg. 

Eat Green

Eat Green

Melissa Hemsley’s latest cookbook, Eat Green, is a joy to cook from. Packed with her signature bold, feel-good recipes, she shows you how to be more flexible in the kitchen. “This is a cookbook for everyone” she says, “whether you eat meat, you’re vegetarian or vegan or something in between”. Eat Green makes it possible (and delicious) to put more seasonal vegetables at the front and centre of the plate, eat less but better quality meat, cut your food waste and eat well, all with brilliant flexi tips, adaptable swaps and fresh ideas to make it easy. This is for any mum who wants to make delicious food that’ll suit everyone around the table (and that’s more planet-friendly too!). 

Taverna: Recipes From a Cypriot Kitchen

Taverna

by Georgina Hayden

A sun-soaked celebration of the Cypriot kitchen, cook and food stylist Georgina Hayden shares the recipes, flavours and ingredients of her heritage. Drawing on the recipes of her grandparents, aunts and wider family, Georgina has recreated Cypriot dishes that you can make at home. Beautifully photographed and designed, this is a wonderful family cookbook that is ideal for Mother’s Day. 

Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Rick Stein’s Long Weekends

For the keen cook, this book is all about sumptuous feasts and luxurious lunches to make at the weekend. Think Beetroot-cured Salmon with Cucumber & Apple Pickle, gorgeous Chicken with Marsala or crowd-pleasing Apple Strudel. For any mum who loves the ritual of cooking, this one’s for them. 

EAST

EAST

For any Guardian-reading mammas who enjoy Meera’s New Vegan column and who love to experiment with fresh new flavours, this could be the cookbook for her. This cookbook puts a vegan or vegetarian twist on cuisines from India to Indonesia, Singapore to Japan, China, Thailand, and Vietnam with recipes that are accessible, no-nonsense and full of fantastic flavour.

Classic by Mary Berry

Classic

Mary Berry fans will love having this beautifully presented guide to all of her classic recipes. This is for the mums who want to master the best, traditionally loved dishes, whether it’s a brilliant beef Bourguignon or the perfect lasagne or teatime treat.

Time To Eat

Time To Eat

We cannot get enough of the Chocolate and Orange Blossom Baklava in Nadiya’s most recent cookbook (a great bake to cook for Mother’s Day!) that is jam-packed with more incredible recipes that aren’t just tasty but save on time too. Perfect for time-poor mums who like to put delicious, flavoursome meals on the table. 

Stork: The Art of Home Baking

Stork: The Art of Home Baking

Celebrating Stork – the UK’s best-loved margarine brand – and with 100 mouth-watering Quintessential British Bakes, alongside archive material and vintage packaging, this nostalgic cookbook might provoke a trip down memory lane.

Ammu Book Cover

Ammu

by Asma Khan

Ammu (mother) is more than just a cookbook, with anecdotes, pictures and tales weaved throughout it is an ode to the flavours, colours and heritage of Indian home-cooking. An absolute treat for the senses, this is one for mammas looking to widen their culinary expertise.

Love to Cook

Love to Cook

Another for Mary Berry fans, Love To Cook joyfully brings together 120 recipes created to put a spotlight on the special emotional power of food. Thanks to its ease and accessibility, this collection of savoury and sweet recipes is perfect for both novices and seasoned cooks alike.

Nadiya's Fast Flavours Cookbook

Nadiya’s Fast Flavours

For fans of Nadiya’s Fast Flavours on the BBC, this cookbook offers refreshing and innovative takes on classic meals and bakes including such recipes as Brioche Custard French Toast and Lemon Leg Of Lamb with Jewelled Couscous. A great purchase for busy families and time-pressed cooks still looking to create flavourful food using clever shortcuts, hacks and handy ingredients.

Jamie Oliver Together

Together

Together combines practical, inspirational recipes with a celebration of social dining and the joy of eating with loved ones. It features over 120 recipes which can be prepped ahead allowing you to spend more time socialising and being present with family and friends. Equally as good for calling upon for midweek meal inspiration as it is for planning a gathering, Together, is a cookbook of many facets.

Ayla

by Santosh Shah

For watchers of MasterChef: The Professionals or home cooks looking to broaden their palate, this is the one. In this book, Santosh Shah who has worked in some of London’s most prestigious professional kitchens skillfully uses his knowledge and experience to present to us 60 vibrant and flavourful Nepali recipes. Accompanied with travel photography and enthralling stories Santosh takes us on a culinary exploration of his homeland and the influences central to Himalayan and Nepali cooking.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love

OTK: Shelf Love

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad

For the experimental cook, Shelf Love teaches how to cook intuitively from ingredients found at the back of cupboards, pantries, fridges and freezers. This book is a treat for Ottolenghi fans, with many flavourful sweet and savoury dishes perfect for lunches or dinners any day of the week.

The Whole Vegetable by Sophie Gordon

The Whole Vegetable

by Sophie Gordon

A great cookbook to add to the collection of vegan eaters or those looking to cook and eat veg seasonally, The Whole Vegetable features 130 delicious plant-based recipes. Sophie shares some inventive ways including stews, bakes and curries, to get the most out of fruit and vegetables at the height of their season.

Rick Stein At Home

Rick Stein At Home

Fans of Rick Stein will love this collection of recipes which explore nostalgic family favourites alongside newer more personal ones. Interlaced with childhood memories Rick Stein at Home celebrates home-cooking at it’s finest and lovingly presents to us a collection of over 100 heart-warming recipes. Look out especially for the Braised Pork Belly with Soy and Black Vinegar and Cornish Bouillabaisse which featured, among others, in his television series, Cornwall.

The Sweet Roasting Tin Jacket

The Sweet Roasting Tin

In the Sweet Roasting Tin, Rukmini journeys into the world of baking and presents to us 75 gorgeous new recipes that can be pulled together with minimum effort. If your mum has a sweet tooth and a fondness for nostalgia, we recommend recipes like the pineapple upside-down cake and sticky date gingerbread. Oh! And it helps that this book is beautiful to look at inside and out.

Jane’s Patisserie: 100 deliciously customisable cakes

Jane’s Patisserie

by Jane Dunn

Satisfy a sweet tooth with these bold, colourful and accessible recipes from award-winning food writer and blogger, Jane Dunn. From cupcakes to cookies and delicious no-bake cheesecakes, find the recipes that Jane is known and loved for online in this collection.

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