Parents Need to Eat Too

Parents Need To Eat, Too: Cooking Classes for New Parents, Starting Soon!

Parents Need To Eat, Too: Cooking Classes for New Parents, Starting Soon!

That’s right, folks, it’s time to announce the next series of cooking classes. This round of Parents Need to Eat, Too, begins the week of October 26. If you’re a new parent, or know someone who is, read on…

Until the Culinary Institute welcomes breastfeeding moms and toddler toys into the kitchen, this is the best cooking & camaraderie class you’ll find in the 5 boroughs. The intimacy of [Debbie’s] kitchen means you should sign up early. It books FAST. –KidCityNY.com

Now that baby’s here, are you finding it as hard as I did to make sure you’re eating well? Living on takeout and jarred pasta sauce? Come and learn in my Williamsburg kitchen! Parents Need to Eat, Too, focuses on recipes and techniques that are easy enough for beginners and frazzled new parents—delicious, nutritious meals you can make in stages during junior’s naps, or cook super-fast after you put her to bed. You’ll leave each class with that night’s dinner. Along the way you’ll learn tips about cooking in general, and meet other parents to compare notes with.

There are four sessions:

  • The New Mom’s Pantry, in which we’ll discuss the staples that make life easier when there’s a baby in the house, and prepare a lightning-fast dinner using items from the pantry
  • Big Batch Cooking, in which you’ll learn how to cook once and eat multiple times
  • The Slow Cooker, in which you’ll learn how to use the new mom’s best friend (and don’t worry if you don’t have one—I’ll teach you how to adapt slow cooker recipes to your oven)
  • Nap Time Cooking, in which you’ll learn to break down more complicated recipes into stages, to be completed while junior naps

The series of four classes is $200—that includes the food, the lessons, the chitchat, plus a weekly packet of recipes to try at home.

We’ll meet once a week from 9:30-11 in my apartment’s kitchen, four consecutive weeks starting the week of October 26th. The exact day will be determined based on the majority’s availability. Babies and children are welcome, of course—the whole point of the class is to learn how to cook while taking care of your baby.

Here’s what previous students had to say:

“I am an extremely inexperienced cook…. You gave me tools that I could work with instead of just a handful of dishes that I could make. I’m incredibly thankful that you gave me this opportunity to learn how to improve my family’s diet—and life.” –Susan

“First: You are a natural teacher and a gifted recipe inventor. Delightful. All of the recipes just work. More than I can say for Nigella or some of the people I own the cookbooks of…. Second: You are very realistic and unpretentious when it comes to scale and ambition in your recipes. Bravo—so many parent-oriented cookbook authors are sooooo obnoxious in assuming that every parent has a huge fancy kitchen in the suburbs, time and money to buy all premium ingredients, and of course a kid that takes regularly scheduled 4 hour naps.” –Amy

“The class inspired me to cook more often and get over the mentality that I didn’t have enough time to cook anything really good. I have definitely become more confident in the kitchen, which was a major goal… Thanks for a great class and helping me to get back into cooking and making better/healthier meals!” –Jenn

Interested? Click the “contact” button, top right, or leave me a comment down below (just be sure to include an email address).

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. What a great idea! I wish something like this had been offered in my area when my kids were little. It was so hard to find time and energy to cook, but I felt so much better when I did.

  2. I took this class and it was amazing. I have never been much of a cook (more like Queen of the Take-out Menu) and this class taught me some great time saving strategies and how to make a series of delicious meals that have become staples for my family.

  3. Wonderful idea. I too wish I had something like this when my children were very young. It might have instilled better eating habits in them and exposed them to more nutritious foods!

  4. Oh Debbie, These classes make me wish so badly that I was closer to you. I could use them, that's for sure (especially from an amazing cook like you)!

  5. So when is that virtual cooking class coming? Inquiring minds in Pittsburgh want to know! I so need this class!

  6. I'm still using the techniques and recipes from this class! Debbie is a natural teacher and very generous with her knowledge. I loved this class and want a PNTET 2!

  7. what a great idea — for the parents and the kids. really nice organization, too, offers a great set of tools and ideas that'll last after the classes.

  8. I like the idea that you leave class with the evening dinner. Learning to cook nutritious food sounds perfect for new parents. Wish these classes existed in my area!

  9. I love that you welcome new parents as well as their babies. Sounds like a great series of classes!

  10. I am literally waiting for my next batch of NYC-based friends to become new parents so I can give them your classes as gifts. We could have seriously used this exact kind of help when we were new parents. Such a great idea!

    I also think a virtual class or book of some kind would be a great idea, so I can spread the love around those who don't live in the NYC area.

  11. To echo lots of other commenters — why wasn't this available when I needed it? It's a wonderful idea.

  12. Wish I'd had you when my daughter was an infant. Definitely going to pass this on to my new mom friends.

  13. I wish I could take these. You should come teach a class in San Francisco! (Or, on second thought, maybe I need a kids-free vacation in New York.)

  14. Wow- I wish I could find something like this in LA. You should start a franchise business! Or maybe film some of your classes and put them online? Such a great idea, I'm jealous of the mamas living in NYC.

  15. I wish I could join the class. It sounds so perfect for my family. But I'm worried that commuting from Vermont might be a bit too far : (

  16. you mock us west coasters with these announcements! At least we have your blog. le sigh.

  17. Love the image of the baby-wearing mamas cooking. It took until I had my second kid to figure out that I really could cook with the kids around. Wish I'd had this class three years ago!

  18. These classes sound fantastic. I hope you can offer a West Coast version as well. You are so right that we parents need to eat too and to learn to cook well. Thank you for doing this. I'll be forwarding the link to my NYC friends!

  19. I agree with the others–I wish we had classes like these in Denver! Do you also offer homemade baby food making classes too?

  20. What a fabulous service! So many people can barely boil an egg these days, so giving them skills instead of just recipes is what many people need. Nothing like that down here in New Zealand, sadly.

  21. Please promise you'll share more snippets/recipes from class this go-around for those of us not in the NYC-area…I've learned so much from your blog already, and discovered at least three new go-to recipes!

  22. West Coasters: I would LOVE to come out there and teach a class. Maybe someday, soon.

    Josie, absolutely I'll write more about the class. Check back in a few weeks! (Or sooner, of course)

    Meanwhile, I just announced the class this morning and it's almost full already!

  23. What an awesome idea. I often hear new moms bemoaning the fact that no matter how much you hear that you have to take care of yourself, with a newborn you just can't help but be very focused on the baby. Your class sounds like the perfect middle point.

  24. Awesome idea. Really. I'm going to forward to all the new moms I know. Or, better yet, the pregnant ones. Eating well is so important. I used to always lose SOOO much weight after children came because all I focused on was feeding them and had no time or energy or even IDEA of what to cook for myself.

  25. Does your kitchen travel, Debbie? I'm in Los Angeles, but would LOVE a class like this. Especially the big batch cooking and pantry staples. I've always wanted to get into big batch cooking (and willing to buy another freezer if I got into it!) and my pantry is pretty sparse. I have no idea how to cook "simple" and "fast" from scratch.

  26. I took this class, and since taking the class I pretty much haven't touched my take-out menus. I've become really comfortable making quick, easy and healthy meals with the ingredients I have around the house. And, I've also lost a bunch of weight…

  27. This looks amazing. I would love to do something like this. Tell me you're bringing them to the Bay Area!

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