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Parents Need to Eat TooSM: Spring Classes Begin Week of April 12

It’s time. I haven’t taught a round of Parents Need to Eat Too classes since November, my friends. That is far too long. Just think about how many babies have been born since then! I’d hoped to run a series in March, before Passover, but I couldn’t get it organized quickly enough. So now, it’s time. And guess what? Since I’ve been working my ever-expanding butt off creating new recipes for the cookbook, participants will have access to a whole buncha top-secret stuff (all vetted by my group of mom-testers, of course).

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. –

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 sizable 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 April 12th. The exact day will be determined based on the majority’s availability. Babies 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).

The course will begin the week of April 12 and run for four weeks, ending the week of May 3. The exact day would be determined by the majority’s availability—my only requirement is that it be a weekday morning, while my son Harry’s in preschool.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Peter

    How old should a baby be before the mom can safely attend your class and participate (assuming you're doing a participatory class)? Is 4 months too soon?

    I'm thinking of suggesting this to my wife, but I don't want to suggest it if it'll be too difficult.



  2. debbie koenig

    Hi Peter. 4 months is perfect! The age range in previous classes has been just a few weeks up to 2 1/2 years.

  3. Barbara G. Jones

    This is very interesting, the title itself is very striking already!

    I am yet to master moving around the the kitchen with my 3 year old child , and this thing sounds soo good to me:>

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