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Techniques Over Recipes

Sometimes Moms don't want to follow recipes and prefer learning new techniques. If that's the case, your mom will love Alice Waters's In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart ($28). The revolutionary Californian chef and mother has her closest culinary friends (and even her daughter) contribute their tips, like how to perfectly roast a chicken, or my favorite, pounding a sauce using a mortar and pestle.