Some moms like to cook; some don't. But everyone likes the IDEA of cooking, right? The resurrected French classic I Know How to Cook
, by Ginette Mathiot, $45, is just the thing for both moms who cook and moms who like to read about food and hope someone else will cook it. Originally published in 1932, this culinary tome is soft-core cookbook porn. Along with 900 pages of recipes, the section-opening and spot illustrations are delightful and the dishes are minimally styled and photographed in well-worn casseroles, saucepans and skillets on a surface that looks like a centuries-old wooden farm table. Need another selling point? Where else are you going to find a recipe for chocolate mayonnaise (page 726: Milk and Egg Desserts)? Available at Powell's City of Books
, 1005 W. Burnside, (503) 228-4651.