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Parents Need to Eat Too SM: Coming Soon to Bookstores Everywhere

You read that right, my friends. I’m writing a cookbook! I’ve been hinting at it for a while now, but I’d been advised to be prudent and wait until the contract was finalized. Well, I’ve got the contract and it’s official: Parents Need to Eat Too: 150+ Simple, Healthy Recipes for Sleep Deprived, Frazzled New Moms & Dads will be published next year by Harper Paperbacks. (You may have noticed the SM up there in the header—it ain’t pretty, but the time has come to stake my claim.)

If it’s not, y’know, 100% obvious, the book is closely tied to the blog, and especially to the cooking classes I’ve been teaching for the last year. (Another round of those is coming soon, I promise—if you’d like an early alert, send me an email.) It’ll be filled with all the tricks and techniques I’ve developed over the last few years, ways to get a healthy, satisfying, and most of all delicious meal on the table when there’s a new baby in the house. Nap-Time Cooking, Big Batch Cooking, One-Handed Meals… Plus amusing and even embarrassing stories about my own experiences with Harry. I’d love to tell you more, but it’s still in the early stages. All in good time, grasshopper.

One thing I can tell you: If you’ve got a baby who’s not yet a year old, you can become part of the cookbook! Right now there are parents all over the country testing recipes for the book. Each month I send out a list of recipes, and participants choose two (or more) to test and report back on. They’re getting a sneak peek at the material, and I’m including quotes from testers in the book. My motto for all this: The More, The Merrier. Would you like to participate? Drop me a line with your name and the age of your baby.

I’m nearly as excited for this as I was for the arrival of Harry himself. Wish me luck!

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Christine at Origami Mommy

    Fabulous news! I am very excited about your book. I have a 3 month old baby and we'd love to test any recipes you need tested once she starts solids!

  2. debbie koenig

    Christine, they're recipes for the grownups! With adaptations for solids-eating babies, when applicable. If you'd like to play along, now's the time.

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  4. Anne

    Oh, how fun! If you need a tester in Sweden, let me know. Titus is nine months now!

  5. DailyChef

    Congratulations! This is really great news and I'll be looking out for it!

  6. Holly

    I'm so excited about this book!

  7. debbie koenig

    Anne, send me an email! There's a "contact" link in the top menu bar.

  8. vantiganloos

    I'd LOVE to be a tester! We have a 6month old boy named David! FUN!

  9. debbie koenig

    Vantiganloos, please send me an email through the "contact" button on the home page. I'd love to add you to my testers!

  10. Sarah

    Congrats on the book. Thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you that your recipe for Lemony Broccoli and Chickpea Pasta is a regular and a favorite in our house. I got it from your site ages ago and now that we're parents, too, it is a go-to recipe for something delicious and filling and easy. Thanks!

  11. b

    Great idea- I have just been wondering how on earth I will manage to keep on cooking once #2 arrives!

    I'd love to test your recipes here in Portland, OR.

  12. Unplanned Cooking

    Congrats on your book! It took me about 5 years after we had kids to feel comfortable in the kitchen, so I'm sure your book will be a big hit.

  13. Fmpy

    I would love to test any vegetarian recipes you have! My daughter will be 3 in August

  14. debbie koenig

    Fmpy, you're welcome to join! I just need your email address–click the Contact button on the home page and you can send it to me.

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