Moms are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. And, just like you and me, they love books and chocolate, and shopping and dinners.
Since this is a book blog, here are some suggestions of some special books that you can gift to your favourite person in the whole wide world.
Great Ideas for the Health-Conscious Mom (or Mom-in-law)
Grains as Mains - Jodi Moreno & Sarah W. Caron
If you've got a mom-in-law like mine who's always throwing words like buckwheat, farro, teff, barley, quinoa at you, then this is probably the perfect book for her. It at least shows that you've been listening to her all along and attempting to make a healthy choice. Whole grains were once the staple diet of many ancient cultures across the world - from the Egyptians to the Mayans and Aztecs. Beautifully illustrated, Grains as Mains is the perfect way to introduce grains to your culinary repertoire.
Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady
Told with an honest account of foods that Tara O'Brady craves, Seven Spoons has dishes that you'll find suit each and every day, from staples such as Seeded Boule to sublime scrambled eggs for unhurried weekends. There are also recipes for sick days' comfort including Feel-Better Curried Soup with Crispy Chicken. My fellow bloggers Christine N (Padfoods Library) and Nikki (NikkiTheKnack) actually held a cook-a-thon recently and tried a few of Tara's delicious recipes. Their full fun adventure can be read here.
My New Roots by Sara Britton
Inspired plant-based recipes for every season (yes, another one of those books that both my mom and mom-in-law would love me to follow every day). I was at Sara Britton's book launch in Kensington Market on a Sunday in early April at the Good Egg, and I was surprised to see the line of people buying her books by the multiples. Patrick Adams the star who plays Mike Ross in the hit show Suits was there, albeit looking a bit less stylish and a bit more street, with his hoodie and cap and Jansport backpack. And despite some of the bloggers in attendance who were all going gaga over Patrick, there wasn't a doubt who the main star of the show was. After doing a bit of googling on Sara Britton I learnt that she holds the title of "queen bee of the health blogs". Now, that's a tall order for someone who doesn't come across like a queen of privilege. Contrary, this down-to-earth charming health nut exudes an enthusiasm that speaks healthy and happy. Now who wouldn't want to have that kind of energy in their life?
Good Food. Good Life. by Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone needs no introduction. And moms will adore his new book, Good Food. Good Life. The Aussie chef who has made a name for himself all over the world, and in particular in North America, has done it again with a new collection of great recipes. The book is dedicated to his three-year-old son whom he hails as his chief-recipe taster. For the perfect movie night, try the Popcorn With Bacon And Parmesan. Read more.
It seems like after the brutal winter we just had, Mother Nature just pulled the switch and decided that we deserved summer. Naturally, mom's who have a green thumb will love this book by DK Canada.
Canadian Gardener's Guide edited by Lorraine Johnson
It's a one-stop practical handbook for Canadian gardeners, and includes everything from choosing tools and designing your plot to filling your beds with flowers and vegetables. There is also expert advice on all the basics, with specialist topics such as kitchen gardening, pruning, and propagation. You'll also find step-by-step information on how to design your dream garden (believe me, it's not just about throwing a bunch of seeds all over and seeing them burst into colour).
Books and Cocktails go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other. Well, you can, but what's the fun in that. So, for the mom who loves cocktails, here's a book that she just won't be able to resist.
Cocktails For Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern
It's the perfect pairing for any mom with a literary twist. All the cocktails are inspired from all her favourite authors, including Charlotte Bronte, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf and more. From Jane Austen's little-known fondness of wine to Hemingway's beloved mojitos, literature and libations seem to pair well together.
Summer Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa
Moms have hibernated indoors for far too long this past winter and it's time to crank up the bbqs and chill on a lounger in a private backyard with a few of her favourite friends and family. Read the Review.
And finally, here are some books that mom will just enjoy as she lays back on a hammock and enjoys the summer of 2015.
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews. Review
Vanessa And Her Sister by Priya Parmar. Review
A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Review
At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. Read more
A Mountain Story by Lori Lansens. Read more
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. Review
Happy Mother's Day!