My mom is an excellent cook who whips up lots of great Italian, uses many family recipes, but also loves to try new dishes, lots of vegetarian but some meat now and then. I would love to get her several new cook books for Christmas with lots of recipes that she'll actually make. Sometimes I get her books that just sit on the shelves. Looking for nothing outrageously complicated - intermediate difficulty but creative. We currently use lots of recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Silver Palatte, Moosewood.
Here are my ideas. Suggestions/recommendations, especially if you have/use these books, would be most welcome.
How to Eat - Nigella Lawson - fun reading and fun dishes, right?
Pasta Verde, Judith Barrett - looks delicious and lots of fresh veggies with pasta, creative too.
and then maybe also-- (feedback on these please)
*Everyday Greens - Annie Somerville
*San Francisco Farmers Market Cookbook - a guide to impeccable produce and seasonal recipes --- fond memories at that market, but is the book any good? I found a couple of good reviews
*one of Barbara Kafka's books - I was thinking Vegetable Love