For the "mom who loves to read about food as well as cook," executive editorial director of food and entertaining Lucinda Scala Quinn suggests a classic cookbook, along with a subscription to a food magazine ("Martha Stewart Living," of course!). To round out the gift, she recommends her favorite bag to tote them and much more in -- and a small folding knife, just right for when Mom finds a hunk of good cheese at the market.
"Mastering the Art of French Cooking," $40, amazon.com
"Martha Stewart Living," $24, marthastewartliving.com
Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery small tote, $80, staples.com
Opinel No.7 folding knife, $15, amazon.com