Parents Need to Eat Too

Specifically designed for frazzled, sleep-deprived parents, every recipe in Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals & Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents 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 • Big batch recipes, to cook once and enjoy several times • “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, even when baby’s in the house, nobody’s going to go hungry.
“Even if you never make a single recipe from her book—a mistake, thank you—it’s certain to become a dog-eared bible. Reread that title. The book savvily and sassily helps you extend the efficiency of any time spent in the kitchen. It’s sorta the What to Expect After You’re Expecting for those who’ve, for the moment, forsaken duck fat to finance a college fund.”
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“[Debbie is] smart and funny, and a terrific writer. Her first book is all about this challenge of feeding yourself and your family in the middle of new parenthood. She offers a fresh, lucid writing style, and smart solutions to things like meals you can eat with one hand, meals for the slow cooker, and meals to make while the baby naps. She looks at good things to eat while breastfeeding, and she offers tips for stocking your pantry.”
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The Kitchn
“An excellent baby shower gift (sneak a meal or two from the cookbook into the new parents’ freezer, too) and don’t forget to get one for yourself, too! In addition to providing an arsenal of time-saving recipes, Debbie Koenig writes the playbook for busy new (and not-so-new) parents to prep, cook, and serve healthy meals.”
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Kiwi magazine

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…. Practical and original.”

2017-12-06T06:47:14+00:00
“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…. Practical and original.”

Booklist

"The 150 recipes represent merely a start; the true bonus in this book is her wealth of tips and pragmatic suggestions, including shopping with a baby, best foods for a pantry, cooking in stages, basic safety items, and nutritional needs while nursing. To round out her array of good foods and even better recommendations, each recipe features at least one kudo from a reader/mom/dad as well as how well the particular dish would translate into the makings of baby food. It’s smart eating, no matter what your child status."

2017-12-06T06:49:08+00:00
"The 150 recipes represent merely a start; the true bonus in this book is her wealth of tips and pragmatic suggestions, including shopping with a baby, best foods for a pantry, cooking in stages, basic safety items, and nutritional needs while nursing. To round out her array of good foods and even better recommendations, each recipe features at least one kudo from a reader/mom/dad as well as how well the particular dish would translate into the makings of baby food. It’s smart eating, no matter what your child status."

Daily Candy Kids

"Parents Need to Eat Too compiles more than 150 recipes designed to meet the challenges moms and dads face in feeding their babies — and themselves. Thoughtful sections include recipes that can be completed piecemeal during naps, dishes made in big batches and frozen, foods to support breastfeeding, and quickie dinners to satisfy the whole family."

2017-12-06T06:49:57+00:00
"Parents Need to Eat Too compiles more than 150 recipes designed to meet the challenges moms and dads face in feeding their babies — and themselves. Thoughtful sections include recipes that can be completed piecemeal during naps, dishes made in big batches and frozen, foods to support breastfeeding, and quickie dinners to satisfy the whole family."

Kiwi magazine

“An excellent baby shower gift (sneak a meal or two from the cookbook into the new parents’ freezer, too) and don’t forget to get one for yourself, too! In addition to providing an arsenal of time-saving recipes, Debbie Koenig writes the playbook for busy new (and not-so-new) parents to prep, cook, and serve healthy meals.”

2017-12-06T06:51:40+00:00
“An excellent baby shower gift (sneak a meal or two from the cookbook into the new parents’ freezer, too) and don’t forget to get one for yourself, too! In addition to providing an arsenal of time-saving recipes, Debbie Koenig writes the playbook for busy new (and not-so-new) parents to prep, cook, and serve healthy meals.”

Chicago Tribune

"More than 150 recipes, all easily converted into baby food, are offered up for 'frazzled, sleep-deprived' parents looking for easy, nutritious and delicious foods to feed their families."

2017-12-06T06:52:31+00:00
"More than 150 recipes, all easily converted into baby food, are offered up for 'frazzled, sleep-deprived' parents looking for easy, nutritious and delicious foods to feed their families."

Parent Society

“Koenig used her experience to write a new cookbook aimed at parents with young kids. Parents Need to Eat Too demystifies how parents can eat well without using challenging or time-consuming techniques. It’s a real-food approach that focuses on making nutrition accessible and easy for new parents.”

2017-12-06T06:53:06+00:00
“Koenig used her experience to write a new cookbook aimed at parents with young kids. Parents Need to Eat Too demystifies how parents can eat well without using challenging or time-consuming techniques. It’s a real-food approach that focuses on making nutrition accessible and easy for new parents.”

Scholastic Parent & Child

"Drop that chicken nugget! Children will gobble up these 150-plus simple, nutritious, parent-friendly recipes."

Scholastic Parent & Child

2017-12-06T06:55:07+00:00

Scholastic Parent & Child

"Drop that chicken nugget! Children will gobble up these 150-plus simple, nutritious, parent-friendly recipes."

The Kitchn

"I love this book...Debbie has long written one of my favorite food blogs, Words to Eat By. She’s smart and funny, and a terrific writer. Her first book is all about this challenge of feeding yourself and your family in the middle of new parenthood. She offers a fresh, lucid writing style, and smart solutions to things like meals you can eat with one hand, meals for the slow cooker, and meals to make while the baby naps. She looks at good things to eat while breastfeeding, and she offers tips for stocking your pantry."

2017-12-06T06:55:41+00:00
"I love this book...Debbie has long written one of my favorite food blogs, Words to Eat By. She’s smart and funny, and a terrific writer. Her first book is all about this challenge of feeding yourself and your family in the middle of new parenthood. She offers a fresh, lucid writing style, and smart solutions to things like meals you can eat with one hand, meals for the slow cooker, and meals to make while the baby naps. She looks at good things to eat while breastfeeding, and she offers tips for stocking your pantry."

The Strong Buzz

"Terrific...The book is a surprisingly honest reflection from a mom who has a career and a kid and really takes you through the cooking process with a sure hand. I loved her writing and her recipes and I think this is not only a good book to have in your kitchen but if you know any new parents, a great gift. Better yet, make a few of the recipes for them too."

2017-12-06T06:56:13+00:00
"Terrific...The book is a surprisingly honest reflection from a mom who has a career and a kid and really takes you through the cooking process with a sure hand. I loved her writing and her recipes and I think this is not only a good book to have in your kitchen but if you know any new parents, a great gift. Better yet, make a few of the recipes for them too."

My Jewish Learning

"This is a winner and I highly recommend as a great gift for the new parent or short-on-time cook in your life."

2017-12-06T06:56:51+00:00
"This is a winner and I highly recommend as a great gift for the new parent or short-on-time cook in your life."

Melanie Rehak, author of Eating for Beginners

“I laughed, I learned, I dreamed up a hundred fantastic meals while reading Parents Need to Eat Too. Whether you’re looking for advice on feeding your family healthy food in a flash, making sure your own needs don’t fall by the wayside when you have a new baby in the house, or just how to make an incredible batch of chocolate chip cookies, this is the book for you. As the mother of two young children, I only wish I’d had it sooner. As a person who loves to eat, I suspect I’ll be cooking from it long after my sons have grown up, as much for Debbie Koenig’s intelligent, entertaining company as for her delicious recipes.”

Melanie Rehak, author of Eating for Beginners

2017-12-06T06:58:27+00:00

Melanie Rehak, author of Eating for Beginners

“I laughed, I learned, I dreamed up a hundred fantastic meals while reading Parents Need to Eat Too. Whether you’re looking for advice on feeding your family healthy food in a flash, making sure your own needs don’t fall by the wayside when you have a new baby in the house, or just how to make an incredible batch of chocolate chip cookies, this is the book for you. As the mother of two young children, I only wish I’d had it sooner. As a person who loves to eat, I suspect I’ll be cooking from it long after my sons have grown up, as much for Debbie Koenig’s intelligent, entertaining company as for her delicious recipes.”

Jen Singer, author, the Stop Second-Guessing Yourself guides to parenting

“Put your kids’ leftover chicken nuggets down and pick up Debbie Koenig’s cookbook. It’s filled with simple, yet tasty recipes—even ones you can make with one hand while singing ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ Parents Need to Eat Too should be on every baby shower registry.”

Jen Singer, author, the Stop Second-Guessing Yourself guides to parenting

2017-12-06T06:59:01+00:00

Jen Singer, author, the Stop Second-Guessing Yourself guides to parenting

“Put your kids’ leftover chicken nuggets down and pick up Debbie Koenig’s cookbook. It’s filled with simple, yet tasty recipes—even ones you can make with one hand while singing ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ Parents Need to Eat Too should be on every baby shower registry.”

Meagan Francis, author of The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood

“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. And with wit, wisdom and empathy, author Debbie Koenig shows us how it can be done. Packed with crucial information like which foods belong in a new mom's pantry, meal-saving tips like how to prep dinner during nap time—plus delicious recipes for everyone from “non-cooks” to nursing moms who are eating with one hand—Parents Need To Eat Too will help new moms and dads get the nutrition and nourishment they need as they adjust to parenthood. I’m recommending it to every expecting mom I know!”

2017-12-06T06:59:34+00:00
“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. And with wit, wisdom and empathy, author Debbie Koenig shows us how it can be done. Packed with crucial information like which foods belong in a new mom's pantry, meal-saving tips like how to prep dinner during nap time—plus delicious recipes for everyone from “non-cooks” to nursing moms who are eating with one hand—Parents Need To Eat Too will help new moms and dads get the nutrition and nourishment they need as they adjust to parenthood. I’m recommending it to every expecting mom I know!”

Eileen Behan, RD, family nutritionist and author of The Baby Food Bible and Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

“Debbie Koenig’s new book promises and delivers the plan you need for the whole family to eat well. In a clear, comforting tone Debbie explains how to create the New Mom’s Pantry, stocked with all the basic ingredients you will need to make her delicious recipes. She even tells you how to turn grown-up food into baby food, which is both good for baby and efficient for the cook. With more than 150 recipes, intelligent health 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."

2017-12-06T07:00:42+00:00
“Debbie Koenig’s new book promises and delivers the plan you need for the whole family to eat well. In a clear, comforting tone Debbie explains how to create the New Mom’s Pantry, stocked with all the basic ingredients you will need to make her delicious recipes. She even tells you how to turn grown-up food into baby food, which is both good for baby and efficient for the cook. With more than 150 recipes, intelligent health 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."

Leah Ingram, author Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less and founder of the Suddenly Frugal blog

"Though my daughters are now teenagers, it feels like just yesterday when I was one of those parents attempting to take care of baby and feed my family. If only Debbie Koenig's Parents Need to Eat Too had existed back then. I love her notion of meals that you can eat with one hand—how many times did I balance a baby on my hip while trying to shovel food into my face?—that are not only convenient but nutritious. I'm especially fond of the chapter "Mom's New Best Friend: The Slow Cooker." When I launched my Suddenly Frugal blog in 2007, I quickly learned that a slow cooker was an easy appliance to use to prepare meals when your time and money are tight. It makes perfect sense that it should be a go-to cooking tool when you have a new little bundle of joy. Every new parent should ask for Debbie's book and a slow cooker as a baby shower gift!"

2017-12-06T07:01:48+00:00
"Though my daughters are now teenagers, it feels like just yesterday when I was one of those parents attempting to take care of baby and feed my family. If only Debbie Koenig's Parents Need to Eat Too had existed back then. I love her notion of meals that you can eat with one hand—how many times did I balance a baby on my hip while trying to shovel food into my face?—that are not only convenient but nutritious. I'm especially fond of the chapter "Mom's New Best Friend: The Slow Cooker." When I launched my Suddenly Frugal blog in 2007, I quickly learned that a slow cooker was an easy appliance to use to prepare meals when your time and money are tight. It makes perfect sense that it should be a go-to cooking tool when you have a new little bundle of joy. Every new parent should ask for Debbie's book and a slow cooker as a baby shower gift!"

Molly Wizenberg, blogger, Orangette, and author, A Homemade Life

"You don't have to be a parent to learn from Debbie Koenig's eminently sensible book. Long work hours often leave me and my husband with little energy for making tasty, wholesome meals—and we don't even have a newborn around! Parents Need to Eat Too is full of smart tips and tools for reclaiming our time in the kitchen. And I have no doubt that, as our family grows, we'll be returning to it again and again for recipes and reassurance."

Molly Wizenberg, blogger, Orangette, and author, A Homemade Life

2017-12-06T07:02:36+00:00

Molly Wizenberg, blogger, Orangette, and author, A Homemade Life

"You don't have to be a parent to learn from Debbie Koenig's eminently sensible book. Long work hours often leave me and my husband with little energy for making tasty, wholesome meals—and we don't even have a newborn around! Parents Need to Eat Too is full of smart tips and tools for reclaiming our time in the kitchen. And I have no doubt that, as our family grows, we'll be returning to it again and again for recipes and reassurance."

Leah McLaughlin, Editor in Chief, Edible Communities/Edible Queens

“This book is a must-have for new parents who enjoy eating good food with real flavor. It’s loaded with helpful tips for fitting cooking into a busy new-mom schedule (yes, it can be done!) and sneaking in needed nutrients, and Debbie is a great writer, including lots of hilarious anecdotes from her own life. Plus, the recipes are all tested by real moms so you know you can trust them!”

Leah McLaughlin, Editor in Chief, Edible Communities/Edible Queens

2017-12-06T07:03:08+00:00

Leah McLaughlin, Editor in Chief, Edible Communities/Edible Queens

“This book is a must-have for new parents who enjoy eating good food with real flavor. It’s loaded with helpful tips for fitting cooking into a busy new-mom schedule (yes, it can be done!) and sneaking in needed nutrients, and Debbie is a great writer, including lots of hilarious anecdotes from her own life. Plus, the recipes are all tested by real moms so you know you can trust them!”

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