1. For the Gardening Mom
If the mom in your life is equally happy whiling away hours in the garden and sipping cocktails on the patio, she'll be head over heels for Natalie Bovis's Edible Cocktails, a guide to creating boozy concoctions made with fresh, homegrown ingredients.
2. For the Nostalgic Mom
If Mom has fond memories of the sweet smells of childhood baking, Sweet Home will make her Mother's Day. Author Rebecca French offers homey desserts from her family's own recipe collection such as Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding, Black-Bottom Ice Cream Pie and German Apple Custard Cake.
3. For the Salad-centric Mom
Do mixed greens make your mom's heart sing? If so, Salad for Dinner is the perfect gift. With the help of author Jeanne Kelley, she'll be tossing together all sorts of seasonal main-dish salads in no time, like a Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower and Carrot Salad with Chickpeas and Couscous.
4. For the DIY Mom
If you've got the kind of mother who opts for homemade over store-bought, she'll be all over The Homemade Pantry. Alana Chernila has created a book full of from-scratch recipes that will have Mom making everything from butter to pasta and even Pop Tarts.
5. For the Meat-Free Mom
If Meatless Monday is Mom’s favorite day of the week, pick up a copy of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook. It's a wonderful collection of seasonally organized menus that will provide vegetarian meal inspiration all year long.
6. For the Dinner Party-Loving Mom
If your mother is the consummate entertainer, the kind that likes nothing better than throwing a really good party, she'll certainly appreciate Fresh & Easy: What to Cook and How to Cook It. It's a beautiful book full of menus ideal for or a crowd with step-by-step photos to guide you through each recipe.
7. For the Mom with Mealtime Jitters
Know a new mom who is overwhelmed in the kitchen? Make her Mother’s Day (and year) with The Mom 100: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket. Katie Workman, a mom herself, rounded up 20 common mealtime dilemmas and solved them with quick and easy recipes designed to help feed picky eaters, get breakfast on the table fast, keep lunchboxes packed, and other common family food dilemmas.
8. For the Ice Cream Addict Mom
This Mother's Day, motivate Mom to churn up her own frozen treats with a copy of Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, recipes from San Francisco's famous Bi-Rite Creamery. The book includes amazing flavor combinations like Honey Lavender and Chai-Spiced Milk Chocolate.
9. For the Italian Momma
Are Sundays at Mom’s house incomplete without a big Italian spread of antipasti, pastas and sausages? Your Italian (or Italian-in-spirit) momma is going to go crazy for Hazan Family Favorites, a collection of recipes from the first family of Italian cookbook writing. Look out for classics like Lasagna Bolognese and Strawberry Gelato.
10. For the Veggie-Loving Mom
If you've got the kind of mom who has a perennially full crisper, Ripe is the book for her. Author Cheryl Sternman Rule has put together a gorgeous guide to fruits and vegetables, arranged by color, with a recipe for each color of the produce rainbow.