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Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents

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It is an undeniable truth: Parents Need to Eat Too! Food and parenting writer Debbie Koenig addresses the dilemma faced by so many parents coping with the demands of a new baby by offering simple, healthy, and delicious recipes for moms and dads who are too sleep-deprived, too frazzled, or simply too busy to cook nutritious meals for themselves.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Katie
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This cookbook is fantastic. My only complaint is that I didn't get it until my kid was 8 months old. The book's chapters cover all different kinds of cooking (slow cooker, quick & easy) like most cookbooks but it has some absolutely brilliant chapters like one on meals you can eat one-handed (great for when you're feeding the baby), nap-friendly cooking (recipes broken down into stages so you can cook while the kid takes brief naps), and an entire chapter of recipes designed to promote breas ...more
Megan Garbe
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So far I've made 3 recipes and all have been a big hit with bigs and littles alike. Quick, easy, but not boring. This would be a nice gift for a new parent that enjoys cooking but has problems doing it with little people demanding his/her attention.
Jenny
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
**UPDATE: I pulled out this book this year to use, since we've had a baby around the house this year. I still think that the author's excursuses on how to manage cooking with an infant around are good. For that, I would say it's a 3 or a 3.5. However, I read through the book, flagged a number of recipes to make in the book and have made them over the past year and found myself really disappointed with most of the recipes. I would say there are maybe 3-ish recipes that I would make again, and the ...more
Emilie
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book at the library yesterday, and even though I thought I wouldn’t ever purchase one more cookbook given that everything is so easily found on the Internet, I’m putting this one on my wishlist. Not only do these recipes look really feasible for busy new parents (I’m usually bored by testimonies, but the ones that follow each recipe do increase my trust!), but they sound absolutely delicious. They’re organized in useful categories, there’s a lot of tips, but it’s mostly about the ...more
Melanie
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, parenting
I usually flit from cookbook to cookbook, but this has stayed a favorite for the past few months. I wish I had this cookbook much earlier, like 3rd-trimester earlier. There is a chapter on galactagogue foods that would have come in really handy while I was nursing. And the Nap-Friendly Recipes are great. Though Koenig's nap-friendly cooking principles are nothing new, mainly to prep things ahead of time and break down a recipe into several stages, it still helped this mom-of-a-toddler to regain ...more
Rachel
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting forever to get a copy of this from the library and it was finally available a few days ago. I really enjoyed the recipes, but I will say that I would not be cooking them with a baby strapped to me. I guess that would work if your baby wasn't over 8lbs at birth. Aside from that, I thought the recipes, especially the slow-cooker and big batch ones looked particularly good. If I ever decide to have another child, the galactagogue recipes are definitely the ones to use (foods that ...more
Caitlin
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book came highly recommended to me by a friend, and there were actually some recipes in it I would consider making. That being said, none of the advice provided was rocket science. Cook things that don't require a lot of prep. Have plenty of flexible ingredients on hand. Cook things that you can do in stages when you have time. Cook big batches and freeze the excess. Those are all things that were good practice before I had a baby and are principles that can be applied to most of the other ...more
Hannah
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was eager to read Parents Need to Eat Too! because I'm expecting my second child in July. In anticipation of this event, I'm seeking any tools that can help with keeping the house running smoothly with the chaos of a new baby.
I haven't put any of the recipes to the test yet. They're really a little bit more complex that what I usually cook. They have been tested by real parents, however.

While I haven't read a lot of similar cookbooks, it seems like the sections that really stand out are the c
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Melody
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you're into 'reading' cookbooks this book is for you...don't get me wrong, DO cook from it as well, but if you're not into cooking it is a helpful read. It had great suggestions on cooking before baby arrives, once baby arrives, postpartum long term etc. Lots of other mom comments and just good ideas overall. If you are breastfeeding a lot of the recipes support lactogenic foods (can help with your breastmilk supply).

Our house really enjoys the overnight steel cut oatmeal recipe for the croc
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Emily
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
This was recommended to me by my friend Laura who had won a copy. We checked it out of the library and after making just 2 or 3 recipes, asked for our own copy. This is our go-to cookbook. We started using it before our son was born, and in fact froze many meals from here in the week before he arrived. We've got some new favorite recipes from here and many more are marked to try. There isn't anything we haven't liked, though some we haven't liked enough to make again. But most have been keepers. ...more
Claire
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-books
This is currently my favorite cook book. We are loving everything from it. the kids love the bread based snacks, and last night we made the best ever choc chip cookies. Unfortunately they didn't last the night - at least two people were raiding the bicky tin in the middle of the night. My only problem is that I need to remember the conversion rates to metric - but really this is absolutely awesome and I am giving this to all my friends having their first baby.
Jen
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite gift for new moms. The author is funny and get the need for a section on meals you can eat with one hand, as well as how to make fast, nutritious meals. She is a food writer who conceived the book when she had a baby just before turning 40, and has a focus on nutrition because she lost over 100 pounds on Weight Watchers.

I also like that she has vegetarian recipes and suggestions for how to make dishes vegetarian.
Sarah
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks, parenting
I liked the idea, but I just didn't feel like this book delivered. Many of the recipes in here are good recipes, don't get me wrong, but a new mom isn't going to want to spend the time on the recipes presented in this book. She's going to want to sleep.
Emily
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
One of my favorite go-to cookbooks for parents with young children, for the ease of use. A few recipes are just so-so, but there are several that have been added to our all-time favorites, with or without children.
Anne
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
So far everything we've made from this cookbook has been really good and totally doable with new baby in tow. Makes for a great gift for new parents.
Michele
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Excellent for the intended audience. Lots of ideas to quickly elevate simple meals - so kids and parents are both happy.
Angela
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I skimmed through it. I liked the variety of recipes.
Aura
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Helpful to get new ideas for home cooking with kids. Her commentary was refreshing and encouraging. I like that the recipe times are realistic.
Carol
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Caitlinleah
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop talking about this book. Such a great concept and delicious recipes, too. I think I will gift this for future baby showers, it's that good.
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