It’s been awhile since I’ve been awake all night with a fussy baby. These days when my “baby” can’t sleep, usually because of a thunderstorm, she’ll curl up in her doorway in her favorite blanket and I’ll find her there dozing in the morning.

When I flipped through my review copy of Parent Needs to Eat Too by Debbie Koenig (it came out today!) it brought back so many memories of harried days trying to keep my baby–and toddlers–happy and occupied while I tried to turn out a meal that involved more than flakes, a bowl, and milk.

Koenig understands the often daunting task of wanting to have good food for your family and holding on to your sanity at the same time, especially when you’re a new parent. The cookbook draws on her own experiences as a new mom and is divided into handy sections on meals to make while your kids nap, last-minute dinner ideas, good-for-you snacks, a whole section on slow cookers (I’ve already dog-eared that chapter) and cooking tips sprinkled throughout.

What surprised me about that book is that Koenig doesn’t shy away from flavor or dishes from around the world. Tucked in the pages you’ll find Polynesian flank steak, fish nicoise, Indian potatoes, soba noodle salad with tahini-lime dressing. And two. Count ‘em two recipes for homemade black beans. Sure, I won’t need the sidebars on how to make these dishes into baby food (well, maybe the next time they tighten my tween’s braces). But I thought the tips, tricks, and recipes in the cookbook work well for parents like me who may not have a baby in the house, yet we’re still trying to make good food for our kids between laundry, work, sports practices, piano lessons, field trips…

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