Debbie Koenig Debbie Koenig is a writer specializing in food, parenting, and health & nutrition, and the author of the cookbook Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals & Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents (William Morrow, 2012).

She’s written for such publications as Parents, American Baby, Weight Watchers, Fit Pregnancy, and The New York Times, and also writes two blogs: Parents Need to Eat Too, which you’re reading right now, features unpretentious yet sophisticated recipes that please adults and developing eaters; Feed the Parents, which she writes for Weight Watchers, focuses on healthy cooking—and healthful attitudes—for busy families. A Lifetime Member, Koenig lost 100 pounds more than 15 years ago.

In her cookbook, blogs, and freelance work, Koenig has developed hundreds of recipes for the family market, all featuring whole foods with minimal processing or artificial ingredients, and all without being preachy. With warmth and humor, she encourages parents to do their best, and to celebrate life’s imperfections—which for her includes raising one of the pickiest eaters on the planet. Koenig live in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and their growing-like-a-string-bean son.

Debbie is a brand ambassador for Attune Foods. If your brand is interested in working with her, please contact debbie [at] debbiekoenig [dot com].

Photo © Bennington Photography

31 responses to “About”

  1. Karen Koenig

    The new site looks fantastic Deb!!! We can’t wait for the book to come out 🙂

    xoxo Karen, David and Michelle

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thanks, Karen! I can’t wait either.

  2. Gao

    This is my first time to your site and I just absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    First, congrats on the 100 lb weight loss (even though it happened years ago). Losing weight is so hard, but to lose 100 is commitment!

    Second, your idea of cooking these recipes and then adapting them ever so slightly (or not even) for a child is brilliant. I will be sure to visit back very often to try out our recipes. My 9 month old is completely over the “baby food” stage, so I am excited to introduce him to real food.

    Great blog!

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thanks, Gao, and welcome!

  3. Leslie Dawn Knowles

    I was searching for a recipe and found your site – just love it! My daughter is a new Mom and loves to cook too and I have sent her your way
    Thanks for the site and all the best to you and your family 🙂

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thanks, Leslie!

  4. Kymbrlee from Mom It Forward

    🙂 Life is too short to live without cookies!

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Too true, Kymbrlee! They’re pretty much a food group for me 😉

  5. jen j

    As a mom of two boys (4 and 7 months), I love ‘crappy’ mom’s blog (and sense of parenting, and crappy pictures, and you get the idea), and her post about your book led me here. Sadly, I didn’t win the copy, but happily for you, I’ll be buying one! You are now marked as a favorite so I can eat well, too…thanks for infusing life into my 30 minute meal lifestyle. I’m sure the kids and hubby will thank you, as well.
    First up, that spanikopiza…mmmm, can’t wait.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thanks, Jen! I love Crappy Pictures too–but I’ll bet you knew that 😉

      1. jen j

        Just got my copy in the mail. After making my way through about half (yes, I read ’em first, cover to cover, and dog-ear pages as i go…), I set it aside, posted a link on my mama’s birth board Facebook page, and wrote a review on B&N. It will be one of my often used references, and will most likely see many, many kitchen splatters grace its pages. Thanks for your hard work!

        1. Debbie Koenig

          Wow, Jen, thanks! I’m honored.

  6. Alexandra Burris

    I love your site, and your recipes are delicious! Very random question: did you attend MSJA in NJ?

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thanks, Alexandra! That *is* random… Nope. I’m not sure what MSJA is, even! Just googled & I’m still not sure 😉

  7. Vijitha

    Hello Debbie
    So glad to have stumbled upon your space. I am in love with each and every recipe of yours. I have a 14month toddler and I am slowly incorporating few Indian spices to him in the meal. I am sure your book will be a definite keeper in the kitchen counter for those moms who want their kids to eat the mainstream food, so there is no separate cooking time for them.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Hi Vijitha, and welcome!

  8. Dawn Greenwood-Gaylor

    Hi! I Googled easter morning breakfast and found your baked french bread with apples. I cant wait to get it together this evening.
    I have been reading through your blog and I kinda got teary eyed (happy tears). I noticed that you answer many of the comments you receive, that is awesome! You don’t find that too often, so thank you for taking the time to answer.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Hi Dawn, thanks for writing! I do try to have a conversation here, as well as on the blog’s Facebook page. Love that you got teary-eyed–is it strange that knowing that made *me* strangely teary? Anyway, Happy Easter!

  9. becky

    I just found your wonderful site while searching for a great Choc chip cookie recipe. I need to make some cookies for a really great gal pal that’s turning 60 next month and when I googled “best cookies in the world” I landed on your page! How cool is that! I’m a freelance writer too and mostly write about astronomy and skywatching.
    I’ll be back for more visits now that I’ve found you. I love to cook, but more than that, I love good food!
    Nice chattin with ya!

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Hi Becky! Thanks so much for stopping to comment. Glad to hear you’ll be back!

  10. Mary

    Hi Debbie,

    I just discovered your site…and although my “baby” is 14 and getting ready for high school in the fall…I have enjoyed reading all your posts about trying to prepare meals when you have a new born. Oh how I remember those days…and the one handed eating!

    Thank you for sharing all your truly heartfelt stories and thank you for reminding me of my own days as a new mom (at age 40!).

    Continued Succes,

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Hi Mary! Thanks for this lovely comment–you should see my smile.

  11. bella

    Hello Debbie,
    Great site you have and love your comments (made me smile). Loved the information on the caramel sauce which I hope to make soon. Will be back to check out a few more recipes and learn a few cooking tricks from you. Best regards to you and your family. 🙂

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thanks, Bella!

  12. Valerie

    Hi Debbie,
    I recently stumbled upon your site and I was thoroughly surprised to find a site filled with new and exciting recipes and wonderful stories of you, your family and friends.

    Being a nanny I at times find it a struggle to come up with new, exciting and delicious meals for my charges. That no longer will be a problem after visiting your site.

    I am looking forward to cooking with the children using your recipes. Tonight we will be using your Roasted asparagus recipe and I shall be trying out the banana muffin, and the honeydew Popsicle this weekend.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Hi Valerie, thanks for writing! Hope the kids liked the asparagus.

  13. Denise

    Someone just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook (also a blog). I’m so glad people share blogs with one another. Denise

  14. paula

    Hi Debbie.
    Ive just bought your book and really love it. Our favourite recipes so far are the ratatouille and butternut squash risotto. My 4 year old has special needs and is fussy. She loved the risotto. My 16 month old loved them both. The ingredients are also easy to find here in England.
    I hope youll consider writing another book.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      I’m so glad you’re finding it helpful, Paula! I am considering another book–I think about it regularly. Just haven’t found the idea that makes me jump up and down yet! Suggestions welcome 😉

  15. Margaret Sagarese

    Hi Debbie,
    Your site looks fantastic! I am eager to try some of your recipes. As a lifetime WW myself, I am pleased to see that your fare is nutritious and healthy as well as eye-appealing and delicious.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thanks, Margaret!

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