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Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents Paperback – February 21, 2012
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If only this book came with every box of newborn diapers or baby blanket! New and seasoned parents alike will find delicious and simple recipes - from first nibbles to toddler tastes and fullgrown meals enjoyed together (Emily Franklin, author of Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids and 102 New Recipes, and founder of wellcookedlife.com)
With more than 150 recipes, intelligent healthy 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. (Eileen Behan, RD family nutritionist and author of The Baby Food Bible and Eat Well Lose Weight While Breast Feeding)
“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.” (Meagan Francis, author of The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood)
“I laughed, I learned, I dreamed up a hundred fantastic meals while reading Parents Need to Eat Too.“ (Melanie Rehak, author of Eating for Beginners)
“Parents Need to Eat Too should be on every baby shower registry.” (Jen Singer, author, the Stop Second-Guessing Yourself guides to parenting)
“You don’t have to be a parent to learn from Debbie Koenig’s eminently sensible book.” (Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life)
“This book is a must-have for new parents who enjoy eating good food with real flavor.” (Leah McLaughlin, Editor in Chief, Edible Communities/Edible Queens)
“If only Debbie Koenig’s Parents Need to Eat Too had existed back [when I was a new parent]. Every new parent should ask for Debbie’s book as a baby shower gift!” (Leah Ingram, author of Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less)
“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.” (Library Journal)
From the Back Cover
The question is as old as parenting itself: How can new moms and dads eat well when all their time and energy is spent on baby? Finally, we have the answer!
Specifically designed for frazzled, sleep-deprived parents, every recipe in Parents Need to Eat, Too 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
- “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 nobody will go hungry!
Parents Need to Eat Too has been named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2012 by Leite’s Culinaria, whose Editor-in-Chief Renee Schettler Rossi called it the “What to Expect After You’re Expecting” and said that the book “savvily and sassily helps you extend the efficiency of any time spent in the kitchen.”
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I have never used any cookbook as much as I have this one! I'm actually surprised at how much I use it. A large part of that I think has to do with it matching my taste - hard to describe in a review, but what really makes it work for me is having ingredients on hand already. There is a list in the front for stocking your pantry, so if you can look at that, and if you already have most of those things, or like the sound of them if you are a new cook, you will most likely get a lot of use out of this book. There is a slow cooker section; I don't have a slow cooker but I do have a Dutch oven (everyone should invest in a quality Dutch/French oven, so worth it!), and there are notes on making the slow cooker recipes in a Dutch oven.
Also love the title, which is what drew me to this cookbook in the first place. Our daughter is 18 months now, but back when she was nursing around the clock, seeing this title almost made me cry - I identified with it that much.
I bought one other naptime cookbook, which I hardly ever use; the ingredients lists are longer, it's more gourmet and involved, and just a bit more intimidating. Debbie's is so friendly and easy, and everyday; I'm so glad it came out just when I needed it.
Yes, there are a lot of things new parents need - sleep, reassurance, a semi-regular shower perhaps - but to fuel all those things (yes, even the sleep), you need to be well-fed. We're all programmed to be totally tuned into our babies' appetites and eating habits, but what about ours?? This cookbook - really a how-to manual for nurturing yourself during those early weeks and months with baby - takes all the guesswork and how-to planning out of meal prep, which is exactly what you need. Tell me what to cook, how to make it, and what to always have on hand so I can feed myself - and my family - well without having to actually THINK.
So after you've enjoyed one of her tasty recipes for dinner, you're going to pop one or two (or four) of her amazing chocolate chip cookie dough balls in the oven (because you have a batch in the freezer, natch, that you made during naptime last week), sit down with your baby in your arms, put your feet up, and thank her for making your already sweet life infinitely more delicious.