Ever since I started into blogging about cooking for my family, I’ve been following Debbie Koenig’s site Words to Eat By, which is now Parents Need to Eat Too. She switched the name of her blog, because she has a new cookbook “Parents Need to Eat Too” coming out shortly.
Recently, she invited me to participate in its promotion. With a name like that, how could I resist? “Parents Need to Eat Too” is my driving philosophy, though I would put it a bit more succinctly: Parents Need to Eat. Period.
I will do almost anything to advance the cause of home cooking, so I’m happy to get behind her book. Also, the publisher offered me a chance to win some kitchen gear, and some books to give to my readers: “Parents Need to Eat Too” or the “The Treats Truck Baking Book.”
“Parents Need to Eat Too” is a fine book for folks with a new baby in the house. I can say this because I once had a new baby in the house. Well, not once, but twice, and I can’t tell you a thing about what you should do. I’ve forgotten everything. It’s biology. Who would ever have a second child if they could remember the exhaustion and terror of the first? And I’m just the man. I didn’t give birth to anything other than my own anxieties."Parents Need to Eat Too" will answer a lot of your questions. And if you pre-order here, you will get a few bonus features.
I'll be posting again shortly after I try one of her recipes, but speaking of being a man, there’s a chapter in the book, “Un-Recipes For Partners Who Can’t Cook,” that is clearly directed at the fathers. It starts with an anecdote from a reader of her blog, “Emily O., Brooklyn NY,” who writes “I have a 21-month-old and another due in August, and my husband, while a great dad, is also a stereotypical Irish man in that he’s never learned to cook…”
"Stereotypical Irish man who never learned to cook?" Ahem. So, here’s how you can win a copy of “Parents Need to Eat Too” or “The Treats Truck Baking Book”: tell me a story of your first cooking experience as a new father. The tastiest one will get the book. Personally, I started with Bolognese and roast leg of lamb. What about you?