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

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

by Debbie Koenig


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It is an undeniable truth: Parents Need to Eat Too! Food and parenting writer Debbie Koenig addresses the dilemma faced by so many parents coping with the demands of a new baby by offering simple, healthy, and delicious recipes for moms and dads who are too sleep-deprived, too frazzled, or simply too busy to cook nutritious meals for themselves.

From dinners that can be eaten with one hand (while you hold baby in the other) to slow cooker culinary masterpieces and full courses to prepare while baby naps, Parents Need to Eat Too is filled with tasty, easy-to-make recipes, helpful kitchen tips, and real solutions to the problems faced by hungry parents.
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.” A must-read for new parents!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062005946
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 236,961
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

What People are Saying About This

Melanie Rehak

“I laughed, I learned, I dreamed up a hundred fantastic meals while reading Parents Need to Eat Too.“

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.”

Molly Wizenberg

“You don’t have to be a parent to learn from Debbie Koenig’s eminently sensible book.”

Jen Singer

“Parents Need to Eat Too should be on every baby shower registry.”

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!”

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

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Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
KittiUp More than 1 year ago
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!
oulabrat More than 1 year ago
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!)
sisjane More than 1 year ago
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.
Tepary More than 1 year ago
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.
hmb23 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
pcdrawme More than 1 year ago
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!
Ava77 More than 1 year ago
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 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.
amanda_me More than 1 year ago
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.