The 26 Best Cookbooks For Moms, by Moms
This Mother's Day, give Mom a thoughtful cookbook written by celebrities, chefs, and food bloggers who are also moms! Whether she's devoted to health-conscious eating, obsessed with trying new cuisine, or considers herself the queen of comfort food, she'll love one of these famous titles and hopefully reward you with some home-cooked meals that you'll both be able to enjoy. Take a peek at the best books from at-home chefs and mothers alike including Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen, and more. If your mom enjoys whipping up family meals, these cookbooks will find a home in her kitchen in no time. Shop our favorite picks, and make this Mother's Day one to remember for
meals years to come.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
Giada's Italy: My Recipes For La Dolce Vita: A Cookbook
Inspired by her love for Italian food, Giada's Italy: My Recipes For La Dolce Vita: A Cookbook ($21) is filled with rich recipes that are only known by true foodies. Complete authentic Italian dishes she ate growing up, each recipe has her signature spin of fresh flavors on it. Try everything from bruschetta with burrata and kale salsa verde to fennel upside-down cake now!
True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar
Kristin Cavallari spills her best-kept kitchen secrets in True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar: A Cookbook ($16). Her clean recipes work to restore the mind, body, and soul from the inside out.
Happy Vegan: Easy Plant-Based Recipes to Make the Whole Family Happy
If your mom is vegan, the Happy Vegan: Easy Plant-Based Recipes to Make the Whole Family Happy ($20) is just what she needs! From busy weeknights to comfort food cravings, she can find fresh and healthy alternatives in no time. Delicious classics and fun recipe hacks are just a couple of the great things about this book.
In the Kitchen With Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites
In the Kitchen With Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites ($28) is the book every Keeping Up With the Kardashians fan needs. Inside 70 recipes that have become centerpieces in the Kardashian-Jenner family can be found and can be made in no time. Enjoy meals around the table, and you'll feel like a star while doing so.
Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes For Gathering by Joanna Gaines
Filled with over 140 recipes from her very own home, Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes For Gathering by Joanna Gaines ($21) has everything Mom needs to sharpen her cooking skills. From breakfast to dinner plus breads, soups, sides, and more, this cookbook will make family meals together as sweet as can be.
Pull Up a Chair: Recipes From My Family to Yours by Tiffani Thiessen
From former Saved by the Bell star and host of the Cooking Channel series Dinner at Tiffani's comes Pull Up a Chair: Recipes From My Family to Yours by Tiffani Thiessen ($16). Her classic-with-a-twist recipes can be found in the pages of this cookbook, along with helpful tips for making a meal more memorable.
Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes For Every Day
The adventurous mom who likes to try new flavors will want Padma Lakshmi's Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes For Every Day ($35). Lakshmi's a busy TV host and mom, so she's designed recipes along the lines of tangy jicama salad, South Indian spinach and lentil soup, and barbecue Korean short ribs to offer abundant flavors without complicated instructions or ingredients.
The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow
If your mother enjoys clean, quality food, then The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow ($19) will be right up her alley. The recipes inside this book focus on fresh ingredients and customizable meal plans that offer targeted health benefits to all those who are looking to eat better. With recipes for turkey meatball pho, butternut squash tacos, and cashew turmeric iced lattes, she won't be able to get enough.
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits
If your mom is a fan of Reese Witherspoon (who isn't?), she will absolutely adore Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits ($15). This book delves into her life in the South, her favorite meals, and even some of her family's top secret cooking hacks.
Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration
A beloved TV chef, Carla Hall has been inspiring people with her recipes for years. Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration ($19) offers recipes straight from her Nashville roots. Mom can indulge in comfort cuisine any time the craving strikes.
Cravings: Hungry For More by Chrissy Teigen
The queen of cooking, Chrissy Teigen is no beginner in the kitchen. Cravings: Hungry For More by Chrissy Teigen ($19) is filled to the brim with homestyle meals that can be enjoyed by the whole family, kids included! From her raved-about banana bread to her pad thai carbonara, every recipe in this book is better than the next.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating
A number-one New York Times bestseller, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating by Ree Drummond ($21) showcases home-cooked meals at their finest. From rich comfort foods to light sides and appetizers, Mom will be able to make all kinds of meals all year long.
At Home With Natalie: Simple Recipes For Healthy Living From My Family's Kitchen to Yours
Today show West Coast anchor and mom of two, Natalie Morales's At Home With Natalie: Simple Recipes For Healthy Living From My Family's Kitchen to Yours ($16) is filled with recipes to make family meals at home that much better. Mom can have everything from grilled chimichurri soy steak to sweet and spicy slow roasted pork any night of the week when she cracks open this cookbook.
Classic by Mary Berry
Straight from one of Britain's most beloved chefs, Classic by Mary Berry ($31) includes supersimple but absolutely delicious recipes that are essential for every home. Her step-by-step cookbook is easy to read and delivers results that are perfect every time.
Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything: A Cookbook
Kelsey Nixon's Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything: A Cookbook ($7) is full of no-fail recipes for the mom who may need to develop a little more confidence in the kitchen. The lemon-scented chicken thighs, the Asian chicken noodle soup, and the yellow birthday cake with salted buttercream are just a few winners to start with.
Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life
When country music star Martina McBride isn't in the studio, she's in the kitchen! This superstar mom knows how to make meals that adults and kids alike will enjoy, all while bringing fresh new flavors to the table. Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life ($20) has over 100 of her signature dishes that use fresh and seasonal ingredients to create a true down-home flavor.
Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes For Every Season, Mood, and Appetite
Sophie Dahl, a writer, former model, and mother of two, found her passion for cooking at a young age. Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes For Every Season, Mood, and Appetite ($24) is the go-to cookbook for those looking to create (and indulge in!) delicious meals with the whole family. Find everything from breakfast to dessert in the pages of this colorful book.
Cannelle Et Vanille: Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood
Aran Goyoaga is a baker, stylist, photographer, and the beloved blogger behind Cannelle & Vanille. When she's not caring for her two children and writing for her blog, she's creating flavorful recipes at home. Her work, which revolves around adding mindfulness and connection to meals, can be found in Cannelle Et Vanille: Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood ($23).
Stirring Up Fun With Food: Over 115 Simple, Delicious Ways to Be Creative in the Kitchen
Not only is Sarah Michelle Gellar an actress, producer, and entrepreneur, but she's also a kickass mom. In Stirring Up Fun With Food: Over 115 Simple, Delicious Ways to Be Creative in the Kitchen ($14), Gellar adds fun and adventurous takes to all of her recipes. From stacked sky-high brownies to cheesy broccoli muffins, there's nothing in here that won't make your mouth water.
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week
Moms who are budget queens will be instant fans of Melissa d'Arabian's Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week ($10). A mom of four herself, Melissa knows how to feed a large group with small dollar bills. There's no skimping on the flavor here, especially when it comes to recipes like shrimp scampi linguine and sirloin steak with shallot butter.
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
Actress Alicia Silverstone can teach Mom how to eat clean and get healthy with the help of The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet ($9). Inside, Silverstone shares her best tips and tricks for following a plant-based diet, as well as what encouraged her to not eat meat and dairy anymore.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Smitten Kitchen blogger and mother Deb Perelman wanted to write an approachable, easy-to-understand cookbook full of interesting, seemingly advanced recipes, thus The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook ($20) was born. Even if your mom considers herself a beginner cook, Deb's cookbook is the one to reach for, with recipes like gooey cinnamon squares and artichoke-heart-stuffed shells in lemon ricotta béchamel.
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Moms who love a good story as much as a good recipe will appreciate A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg ($15). She's better known as the author of the food blog Orangette and is the mom to an adorable child. The book (written before the birth of her daughter) chronicles her relationship with food and her parents. You can't help but get swept up in her nostalgic spirit for her mother's pound cake or her father's mayonnaise-y potato salad.
At My Table — A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson
At My Table — A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson ($31) is filled with the popular chef's favorite meals to make for her friends and family. The recipes include fun spins on traditional dishes mixed with all new flavors. Her new boom Cook, Eat, Repeat comes out in October.
Eva's Kitchen: Cooking With Love For Family and Friends
Eva Longoria is a former Desperate Housewives star, mother, and queen in the kitchen. Eva's Kitchen: Cooking With Love For Family and Friends ($17) is based on the belief that good cooking relies on local, fresh, and easy-to-find ingredients. Your mom can find everything from essential cooking skills to some of Eva's most cherished traditions.
My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own: A Cookbook
Written by Alice Waters, My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own: A Cookbook ($19) details how to shop for, store, and prepare pantry staples for every meal. Your mom can learn how to add seasonal touches and fresh flavors to even the simplest meals she makes.