Cookbooks for foodie mums

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Last updated 10:42 08/05/2013

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We're not saying for one minute that all mothers like to cook. In fact, our research has found that some mothers will scream if they have to think of what to have for dinner tonight, particularly if the recipients aren't grateful when they serve it up.

But if your mum does truly enjoy cooking, treat her to one of these books this Mother's Day. Even better, make sure she has a cup of tea in hand and an hour of peace and quiet in which to read it.

Ripe Recipes - A Fresh Batch by Angela Redfern (Beatnik, RRP $59.99): The first book of recipes from this Auckland cafe was one of 2011's most talked-about (and cooked from) local titles. The new batch is packed with more of Angela Redfern's inspired dishes, with a focus on healthy eating. The Quinoa Fruit Cookies are almost worth the cover price by themselves and the brilliant salads will help mum keep those resolutions to eat better.

Gran's Sweet Pantry by Natalie Oldfield (HarperCollins, RRP$44.99): If cooking is an addiction, baking is the gateway drug. This beautiful book mixes old-fashioned baking traditions with modern flavours and a healthy dollop of family tradition. Think of it as an updated version of the Edmonds' Cookbook, complete with recipes for Albert Squares and Coconut Ice.

Common Lives by Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey (HarperCollins, RRP$44.99): It's not a cookbook as such, but food plays a big part in this 'best of' collection of the letters of urbanite Janice Marriott and country dweller Virginia Mawsey. The former school friends began corresponding after meeting at a reunion and their letters, detailing love, life, death, food and gardening, make for entertaining, thought-provoking reading. The recipes are great too.

The Caker by Jordan Rondel (Random House, RRP$36.99): This is no ordinary baking book, but a collection of unusual cake and biscuit recipes by Auckland baker-to-the-stars Jordan Rondel. Her flair for flavour pairing and imaginative way with ingredients is evident in things like the gorgeous raspberry fig cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing and Earl Grey tea cookies.

French Ties: Love, life and recipes by Jane Webster (Penguin, RRP$70): Warning - after reading this book your mother may express a strong desire to up sticks and disappear to live in a French chateau in the manner of Australian Jane Webster. Part-travelogue, part-memoir, part-recipe book, French Ties is the sort of book that makes you feel very dissatisfied with your humdrum existence (in a good way).

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