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In honor of Mother's Day we've rounded up our favorite cookbook authors—who also happen to be Moms. These ladies have raised children close to the stove, resulting in well-fed, well nourished-kids who are very comfortable in the kitchen. We'd like to (literally) take a page or two from their books, and think any of these cookbooks would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift or serve as inspiration for a special Mother's Day meal.
Blogger, author and former city gal Ree Drummond, who raises her four children on a cattle ranch in rural Oklahama with a handsome cowboy of a husband, is best known as The Pioneer Woman. She blogs about feeding her family with hearty, all-American fare and her recipes can be found in The Pioneer Woman Cooks. For all of you Drummond fans out there, stay tuned for her show on the Food Network, set to premier in August.
Marcella Hazan wrote the book on Italian food—literally. Essentials of Italian Cooking introduced American audiences to authentic Italian cuisine at a time when red sauce, meatballs, and checkered tablecloths were about as Italian as it got on these shores. Hazan passed down her love of cooking, teaching, and writing to her son, Guiliano, who runs a cooking school in Verona, Italy and frequently shares his simple Italian recipes for American television audiences on The Today Show.
Best known for her food activism and commitment to local foods, Alice Waters is also a mother. Her daughter Fanny was the inspiration for a children's cookbook and storybook entitled Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child's Restaurant Adventures with 46 Recipes. Aimed at children but with plenty of adult-friendly recipes, Fanny at Chez Panisse entices the younger set into the kitchen and gives them an early appreciation for the finest local produce.
Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan lives a pretty sweet life, splitting her time between Paris, New York, and Connecticut—and she's had the pleasure of co-authoring cookbooks with Julia Child and Daniel Boulud. Her two solo efforts, Around My French Table and Baking From My Home to Yours are modern classics. But the sweetest thing about Greenspan is her CookieBar pop-up shop in New York that she runs along with her son Josh, where they bake together and turn out some of the best blondies and chocolate chunkers around.
Lucinda Scala Quinn's day job is Executive Food Director of Martha Stewart Living, but she's also a wife and a mother. Growing up with four brothers and raising three sons has taught Quinn quite a bit about feeding men and boys. She's taken her recipes and experiences and compiled them into Mad Hungry, a cookbook and cooking show all about sating the constantly hungry men in her life.