It seems Mother’s Day (on May 8) is coming up very quickly. Since Easter was so late this year, there are only two weeks between the two holidays. If you’re like me, you haven’t given much thought to Mother's Day yet.

If you need some gift ideas for a mom who likes good food and likes to read, here are five books that I’ve told you about in the past (click on the links to see my complete posts on them) that I’ve really enjoyed. There’s something for just about every type of mom here.

  1. The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time” by Laurie David. Family meal ideas, topics of conversation, table games, and family dinner memories from people like Maya Angelou, Michael Pollan and Nora Ephron fill the pages. 

    Recommended for
    : Moms with kids of any age still living at home, especially if those moms are eating more meals in the minivan with their children than at the dining table.

  2. The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency – On a Budget!” by Kate Payne. A book about anything and everything to do with homemaking in a sustainable, budget-friendly, moderny-retro way that (and this is the most important thing) makes your home work for you.

    Recommended for
    : Moms on tight budgets, moms who have just moved into a new home, or moms who would like to become more self-sufficient do-it-yourselfers.
  3. As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto” edited by Joan Reardon. The book contains letters between Julia and Avis from March 1952 until 1961. The letters chronicle the often-painful journey of getting “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” published as well as the personal, public and political life of the two women and their husbands.

    Recommended for
    : Moms who love Julia Child or her cookbooks, moms who enjoy learning about culinary history, moms who are fans of cooking shows on television.
  4. The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove” by Cathy Erway. This book chronicles how Erway bucked the New York City trend of eating out all the time. For almost two years she chose to not eat out, and she blogged about her scandalous decision on Not Eating Out In New York; then, she got a book deal.

    Recommended for
    : Moms who live in the city, moms whose ovens haven’t been turned on in over a year, moms who enjoy hosting dinner parties, and young moms who might see their former selves in Erway.
  5. Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh” by Emeril Lagasse. After a short introduction to this cookbook where readers learn of Emeril’s local food roots on his uncle’s farm and his father’s backyard garden, he jumps into 152 recipes arranged by categories: the herb garden; milk, eggs and cheese; leafy greens; corn, beans and squash; nightshades; berries, figs and melons; the orchard; cole crops; thistles, stalks and pods; roots, shoots, tubers and bulbs; winter fruits; from the mill; fresh off the dock; out on the range; and preserving the harvest.

    Recommended for
    : Moms who call themselves locavores, moms who have gardens (even if the garden is just a pot of herbs on the windowsill), moms who watch Emeril’s television shows, and moms who collect cookbooks of healthy recipes.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 books to give for Mother's Day
Our food blogger recommends books she loves as gifts for the mom you love.