Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents

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The question is as old as parenting itself: How can new moms and dads eat well when all their time and energy is spent on baby? Finally, we have the answer!

Specifically designed for frazzled, sleep-deprived parents, every recipe in Parents Need to Eat, Too is nutritious, delicious, satisfying, and EASY. As a bonus each recipe includes instructions for preparing baby food from the same ingredients. Plus every ...

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Overview

The question is as old as parenting itself: How can new moms and dads eat well when all their time and energy is spent on baby? Finally, we have the answer!

Specifically designed for frazzled, sleep-deprived parents, every recipe in Parents Need to Eat, Too is nutritious, delicious, satisfying, and EASY. As a bonus each recipe includes instructions for preparing baby food from the same ingredients. Plus every recipe has the added advantage of being tested by a group of more than 100 new parents.

Inside you'll find:

  • Meals you can eat with one hand
  • Recipes for the new parent's best friend: the slow cooker
  • More ambitious recipes, broken down into simple stages to perform while baby naps
  • “Un-Recipes” for parents who can't cook at all
  • Recipes that support breastfeeding
  • Advice from experts, including a pediatric dietitian and a lactation consultant

Here are real solutions for the real problems new parents face in the kitchen. Through comforting, honest, and essential help for stressed out, undernourished moms and pops, Parents Need To Eat Too ensures that nobody will go hungry!

Parents Need to Eat Too has been named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2012 by Leite’s Culinaria, whose Editor-in-Chief Renee Schettler Rossi called it the “What to Expect After You’re Expecting” and said that the book “savvily and sassily helps you extend the efficiency of any time spent in the kitchen.”

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Editorial Reviews

Emily Franklin
If only this book came with every box of newborn diapers or baby blanket! New and seasoned parents alike will find delicious and simple recipes - from first nibbles to toddler tastes and fullgrown meals enjoyed together
Eileen Behan
With more than 150 recipes, intelligent healthy tips, and comments from real moms just like you, Parents Need to Eat Too will be your go-to resource and make you the confident parent you want to be.
Meagan Francis
“Finally, a book that reminds new moms: yes, your life may be totally wrapped up in feeding your baby right now, but you need-and deserve!-to eat well, too.”
Melanie Rehak
“I laughed, I learned, I dreamed up a hundred fantastic meals while reading Parents Need to Eat Too.“
Jen Singer
“Parents Need to Eat Too should be on every baby shower registry.”
Molly Wizenberg
“You don’t have to be a parent to learn from Debbie Koenig’s eminently sensible book.”
Leah McLaughlin
“This book is a must-have for new parents who enjoy eating good food with real flavor.”
Leah Ingram
“If only Debbie Koenig’s Parents Need to Eat Too had existed back [when I was a new parent]. Every new parent should ask for Debbie’s book as a baby shower gift!”
Library Journal
Reassuring is the first word that comes to mind when reading food writer Koenig's first cookbook, in which she provides doable, affordable meal solutions for new parents. The chapters are practical and original: "Nap-Time Cooking" divides recipes into stages to be completed while a child is napping, and "One-Handed Meals" consists entirely of tidy dishes (e.g., turnovers, empanadas, and hand pies) for spill-free eating. At the end of each recipe, you'll find encouraging notes from parents who tested the recipes, as well as instructions for making baby food. The book also includes tips for stocking the pantry and freezer, infant feeding guidelines, and a food-focused third-trimester time line.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062005946
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 209,537
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Koenig is a food writer whose work has appeared in American Baby, Parents, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. Her food blog, Words to Eat By, has attracted more than one million visitors. Debbie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their five-year-old son, Harry.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Breastfeeding Mothers and Professionals-Pay Attention-What a Resource!

    This book is a FANTASTIC resource! Easy to read, great information. I use it daily in my job as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Thank you Debbie Koenig!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Parents need this book!

    Well written, well organized, and funny!
    Debbie Koenig takes her blog recipes to the written page, along with very helpful hints, insight, and a 'been there, done that' vibe that makes getting a healthy, tasty meal on the table with little fuss. I'll be gifting this cookbook to all new mamas.
    (She even reminds you to set timers, so your bleary, sleep-deprived mind doesn't wander too far!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Simple, delicious food that's not just for parents

    Debbie's book is amazing. The recipes are delicious and easy to cook for busy parents of little kids. I only have a few hours with my boys after work and before they go to bed and these recipes allow me to make the most of that time and to feed all of us tasty, healthy food. I'll be introducing solids to my little one, and the baby food recommendations are really helpful.

    This makes a great baby shower gift but it's great for anyone who is short on time but wants home-cooked meals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    The perfect baby shower gift for expectant parents-just order one for yourself too

    Debbie Koenig uses levity and honesty in this fabulous book that makes venturing back into the kitchen when your life has been turned most delightfully upside down by children, a realistic prospect. The recipes are simple to follow, tasty and nutritious. Better still they've been tested by hundreds of families with young children. The anecdotes from parents at the end of each recipe are testimony to the book and offer lovely snapshots into family life across the US and in some cases beyond.

    My copy arrived just a few days ago and I've been thrilled with what I've found. I've used several of Debbie's recipes before from her blog and this volume of recipes is sure to be well used in our home.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    This book got me through the 4th trimester and is now my family

    This book got me through the 4th trimester and is now my family meal standby.  Koenig's conversational and encouraging style makes the recipes really delightful - as if they were emails from your been-there-done-that girlfriend.  Buy this for a baby shower gift and buy one for yourself too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    The only cookbook you need

    I LOVE this cookbook. Usually when I get a cookbook, I only make a couple of the recipes. With this one, I made at least 6 of the recipes within the first two weeks.

    It is full of healthy and tasty recipes. It breaks down the recipes for kids too. So you aren't making separate meals. There are also sections for people who don't cook, big batches, snacks, etc.

    As the first time parent of a 6 month old, I strongly urge all parents to purchase this cookbook.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Great book for new parents--or ANY parents for that matter

    Love this book. Great tips on cooking and surviving the early parenthood years. The recipes are wonderful. I bought it as a gift for a newbie parent. I also have kids, ages 8-13 and my life is pretty full. I found the recipes to be easy to follow and both adult and kid friendly, remarkably healthy, and really delicious. No deliciousness was sacrificed and I love the nod to different ethnic styles of cooking as well, but were remarkably easy to make. I kept the copy and am ordering a second to give as the gift!

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended for everyone

    This is a must have in everyone's kitchen. The recipes are varied and meets everyone's dietary needs. I love how Debbie Koenig gave tidbits, hints and alternatives for the recipes. Debbie included her own family in the recipes giving this a feel of reading a book. I have prepared several recipes and my kids swore that I had the meals brought in by our favorite gourmet take out cafe where I usually order their meals from. I urge everyone to buy this cookbook...it is a godsend for those that are pros in the kitchen and especially for those who are novices. This cookbook is great even if your babies are no longer babies anymore! I hope that Debbie Koenig continues writing cookbooks.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    This should be required third-trimester reading.

    They should give out copies when they give you the Glucola for your gestational diabetes test. Or at least send you home with a copy from the hospital. Or have your midwife give you one at the birth. Or hand it to you with a hearty congratulations when you bring home an adopted child. Because seriously people, ALL PARENTS NEED THIS BOOK.

    Yes, there are a lot of things new parents need - sleep, reassurance, a semi-regular shower perhaps - but to fuel all those things (yes, even the sleep), you need to be well-fed. We're all programmed to be totally tuned into our babies' appetites and eating habits, but what about ours?? This cookbook - really a how-to manual for nurturing yourself during those early weeks and months with baby - takes all the guesswork and how-to planning out of meal prep, which is exactly what you need. Tell me what to cook, how to make it, and what to always have on hand so I can feed myself - and my family - well without having to actually THINK.

    So after you've enjoyed one of her tasty recipes for dinner, you're going to pop one or two (or four) of her amazing chocolate chip cookie dough balls in the oven (because you have a batch in the freezer, natch, that you made during naptime last week), sit down with your baby in your arms, put your feet up, and thank her for making your already sweet life infinitely more delicious.

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