Thursday, May 17, 2012

Naptime Reading Material: Parents Need to Eat Too

Play space is at a premium in New York.  On rainy or cold days this past winter, a favorite diversion is a trip to Barnes and Noble.  Reese gets to toddle around, point at Elmo books, and play with a train set and I get to check out the cookbooks.  Win-freaking-win.

On one such trip, as I was admiring the cover of the new Joy the Baker cookbook, I noticed another title next to it....Parents Need to Eat Too.

Holy crap! That is totally true!  

I was in a good cooking groove in Pittsburgh, but we've resorted to take out a lot lately (I'm not going to lie, it's amazing in NY) and I was looking to get back into it with our impending CSA deliveries.  I ended up ordering the book and I love it.  Koenig sounds a lot like most mothers I know who loved making dinners, but just can't muster the energy at the end of the day.  She has great step-by-step instructions on cooking during naps (helpfully adjusted for those babies who have graduated from 2 naps to 1), simple and quick entrees, and healthy substitutions.

The two that are currently on rotation in our house are the Arroz con Pollo and the Lemony Broccoli and Chickpea Pasta.  They were delicious, easy and best of all, Reese fricking INHALED the leftovers.

I highly recommend the cookbook, but I also recommend Koenig's blog for lots of recipes and insight into trying to put dinner on the table as a mother.

Also, the Joy the Baker book?  AMAZING. I'm gaining weight just looking at the pictures.


  1. Wow, I got a Google Alert about this--thanks so much for posting your lovely review of my book! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

  2. The book sounds great! And a comment from the author? If only everyone monitored their Google alerts so well. Makes me want the cookbook even more.

  3. Debbie, thanks so much for the comment and for the book! I love the recipes and it's definitely on my list of gifts for new parents.

  4. Wow, that is awesome! It sounds like a pretty ingenious idea for a book...because meals can be a struggle at our house sometimes! I'll have to check it out!


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