Best Cookbooks of 2012

Best Cookbooks of 2012
Just look at that bookshelf!

Two posts in one day! A rarity for me, but this is too wonderful not to share immediately:

Leite’s Culinaria, one of the most writerly food sites I know, has named Parents Need to Eat Too to their “Best Cookbooks of 2012” list.

I’m stunned. Honored. Over the moon. And crying. (I’m having an emotional day.) They wrote:

Sometimes what you need, especially if you’re new to the parenting gig, is less a cookbook and more a girlfriend. A girlfriend who can commiserate over your sleep-deprived situation; a girlfriend who can see you through every awkward phase with patience, practical advice, and a flask procured from her purse; a girlfriend who can ply you with takeout, cooking tricks, and tried-and-true recipes when you no longer seem to have the time—or, gack, the will—to cook. A girlfriend like Debbie Koenig—but since she has her own friends, what you need instead is her book, Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents (William Morrow, $16.99). 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.

It’s one of a dozen books on their list, which is mind-boggling when you think how many cookbooks are published each year.

Pardon me while I go grab a new box of tissues.

P.S. If you’re considering giving the book as a holiday present, don’t forget to request your free signed bookplate and holiday card!