Cookbook Review: Parents Need to Eat Too!

Since I am a soon-to-be a parent, a dear friend and fellow baker sent me the newly released cookbook Parents Need to Eat Too by Debbie Koenig.

At first I was a bit skeptical. First of all, I already love to cook, and I didn’t love the idea of a cookbook that created shortcuts. But once I went perusing through, I discovered it was a real gem, and not only for the helpful hints for new parents (which there are plenty).

For example, I love her recipe for Baked Macaroni with Ricotta, Spinach and Mint, a flavor combination I would have loved to whip up, parent or not. Or the Honey Soy Roasted Salmon – another delicious sounding dish with a simple, quality recipe.

But perhaps the best features of the cookbook are her tips for turning an adult meal into baby food, for each recipe. She also has a section of “Quick Suppers,” and a section for easy, entertaining food items to have on hand when people drop-in unannounced (which she says, they will), including jarred olives, marcona almonds, crackers and breadsticks.

Disclaimer: While the author is Jewish, the cookbook is not kosher though nevertheless packed with kosher-friendly and vegetarian dishes.

In short, this is a winner and I highly recommend as a great gift for the new parent or short-on-time cook in your life.

Keep on Noshing

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Tender meatballs, chicken wings, and a heavenly sweet and sour sauce make for a delicious twist on a classic.

Savory Manchego and Quince Turnovers

The nutty flavor of Manchego cheese melts together with the slightly sweet quince filling for a crispy savory treat.

Crockpot Carne con Papas, An Alternative to Brisket

Literally meat and potatoes, this dish is a Cuban family favorite.

Shabbat Chicken with Dried Fruit Recipe

This go-to chicken recipe, with a glossy and delicious sauce, is perfect for Rosh Hashanah or Shabbat.

Classic Potato Kugel

A grandmother's recipe offers an easy route to this classic Ashkenazi dish.

VIDEO: How to Make Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is one of the most quintessential Ashkenazi Jewish dishes.

Baklava with Honey and Cardamom Recipe

You won't miss refined sugar or butter with this sweet treat featuring cinnamon and cardamom-spiced nuts covered with honey syrup.

Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

Simple, sophisticated and just a little fancy.