Mothers Day gifts get harder to pick every year. My Mum is a beauty and skincare fan so I can usually find the latest lip colour or face cream impresses her so I am fairly lucky. But what if your Mum likes to cook? I’ve found some cracking cookbooks that will whet the appetite of every recipe loving Mum around.
I’m a huge fan of the old fashioned cookbook. I know we can get a lot of recipes online these days but I love the feel of a book and the beautiful imagery that can be found in a decent cookbook. I’ve chosen 4 of my favourites from different niches that I think will impress:
Mums who love a good cocktail will be impressed by Prohibition Bakery. Written by the owners of the New York cupcakery of the same name, this smaller than normal book takes your favourite cocktail and turns it into a cupcake, booze included. Recipes include both the cup and gram measurements meaning you are not frantically trying to convert yourself which regularly leads to mistakes. As well as recipes for boozy cupcakes including Dark & Stormy and Aperol Spritz, you’ll find a helpful section about building your kitchen and flavours that compliment each other so you can experiment with your own recipes.
Mums who like to eat out in Manchester will be delighted to hear they can recreate their favourite dishes from their favourite restaurants in their favourite city. The Manchester Cookbook features recipes from Abel Heywood, Manchester House and Harvey Nichols to name just a few. Any lover of this incredible city is likely to enjoy the beautiful images from our best restaurants including cocktails and a special entry from Bury’s famous black pudding.
My favourite health blogger Dannii has released her first book which features some of the recipes she created during her journey to lose 100lbs. Dannii shows how you can tweak your favourite meals to make them more healthy meaning you don’t have to miss out on the foods you love. From quick yet filling breakfasts to the chocolatiest of cakes, there is something to suit most lifestyles and this book is perfect for the Mum who is always on a diet but struggles to know what to eat.
Mums who love to bake and are inspired by the Great British Bake Off are likely to love this monster of a book. At £30 it is a little pricey for a book but it’s huge and packed full of step by step guides and recipes that will have her baking like a pro in no time. I love that the recipes are dotted with the techniques required rather than listing them all at the beginning or end of the book. I often end up with books covered in flour where I’ve been trying to flick back to the right page to learn the technique the recipe requires. Even the most novice of bakers can learn from this book which contains both sweet and savoury bakes that even Paul Hollywood would be proud of.
So there you have it, I hope these have helped with some gift ideas this Mothers Day and, you know, she’ll need to test her skills so cupcakes or healthy cakes will be acoming. A gift that keeps on giving…
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