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New Cookbook by Single Dad Empowers Busy Parents 
to Cook Nutritious Meals and Teach Healthy Eating Habits.


Barry Sayewitz, a single father, just published Two Pans and a Pot, a family cookbook full of nutrient-rich, easy-to-follow and affordable recipes. The book also aims to inspire new family traditions, healthy eating habits, awareness of ingredients and food labeling, and fitness as a way of life.    
 
When Barry Sayewitz suddenly became the single parent for his six-year-old son, he made the conscious decision in the midst of his frantic life to learn to prepare nutritious meals, teach healthy eating habits, and create a home environment that made lasting memories.
 
Now, two decades later, Barry has published a unique family cookbook that will empower American families to develop a healthy lifestyle.
 
Two Pans and a Pot chronicles Barry’s journey to provide healthy food choices for his young son and offers an easy-to-follow plan for cooking with fresh ingredients and enhancing family connections at mealtime. In addition, readers will learn about flavor profiles, how to use herbs and spices, and shortcuts for cooking dishes from around the world. 
 
The book’s philosophy revolves around simplicity and creativity. With two pans, a pot, a chef’s knife, and three basic cooking techniques, readers will learn how to prepare delicious, nutritious meals using simple and memorable combinations of fresh ingredients. These methods will reduce prep and cook time while enabling home cooks to use the ingredients they have on hand.
 
Chef Royal Sayewitz, Barry’s son, now 25, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, contributed recipes in the book. Since then, he has immersed himself in various facets of the food industry, working in several restaurants throughout New York City and organic farms around the world.
 

Excerpts From Two Pans and a Pot

The Path to Home Cooking
It may seem like your children want nothing more than to eat fast food, pizza or takeout, but contrary to what they tell you, your children are craving good ol’ home cooking. My hope is that this book will help and inspire you to take good care of yourself and your family as you give endlessly to your children on this amazing journey of life.

Home cooking isn’t new—for most of the past 10,000 years humans cooked every meal for themselves. Humans are the only animals on the planet with this ability. Fast forward to today, and a new transformational food phenomenon has occurred worldwide. We no longer cook for ourselves. Today food is manufactured for us in many different forms using artificial ingredients. In a mere 60 years the human race has managed to reverse the nutritional progress made over one thousand centuries. 

This new food transformation is causing the opposite results that the invention of fire had on the human race. Instead of advancing the mind, body, and spirit that roasting awakened in our ancestors, manufactured food today is diminishing our health, raising obesity levels, and bankrupting the environment. Fire led us to cook, which advanced thinking, problem solving and creativity, resulting in better health and longer life expectancy. Those are things we need to remember and celebrate today. Home cooking is the only way to break the current processed food trend.

As a parent I understand with your busy schedules it is difficult to always feed your family and friends meals and snacks without using some sort of processed ingredient. There are minimally processed foods to use in a pinch like bagged greens and salad ingredients, cut vegetables and roasted nuts, although they tend to be more expensive for that convenience. Frozen fruits and vegetables, canned beans, and canned salmon and tuna are healthy alternatives, too. For frozen veggies I’m talking about cut veggies, not the packages soaked in sauces and cheese. Those are exactly the type of foods you want to avoid for your family. Pre-cooked rotisserie whole chickens are a true-life saver. Steam a head of broccoli; heat up left over rice—done! If you have access and the budget for organic rotisserie chicken go for it; it costs more but is well worth it.

Cooking can be simple too. Whether you are roasting, braising, or cooking pilaf, all you need are a few veggies, a protein, olive oil, salt, pepper, and an herb or spice to cook a delicious nutritious meal for your family. Change up a few ingredients and spices and change the ethnic flavor. Asian, Mediterranean, American Southern or Spanish flavors are easily in your command.

I spent years teaching my son about nutrition and exercise. I wanted to make sure he understood why it was so important to eat right and stay active. And then one day, after years of talking, hoping he was listening, he showed me that he was.

My Home Cooking Epiphany
I was on my own for the very first time as the single parent of a six-year-old boy. That night my mind began to race through countless thoughts concerning the day-to-day tasks I now found on my plate: school drop off and pick up, sporting events, play dates, homework, food shopping for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With all these concerns, I always came back to the same fundamental mantra: keep this little guy safe and healthy, physically and spiritually.

In my heart I knew the key to success in raising my son was to consistently keep his life structured and normal, both in school and at home. And so I participated in events at his school, shuttled my son and his friends to all the sporting events, befriended the other moms and dads, hosted sleepovers, and fed my son healthy meals.

As I cooked dinner the first official night as a single dad, thoughts about my own childhood began to bombard me. My favorite childhood memories revolved around the kitchen table, a place where my family and friends had remarkable conversations about life, cracked jokes, and ate the incredible meatballs my mom made.

Family meals made me feel safe and loved. I realized that cooking for your family goes far beyond the obvious notion of just feeding your family. The dinner table creates a continuous thread of woven memories that turn into family traditions.

I thought about the memories my son will have. The time I spent with him at the kitchen table when he was little would shape his future outlook on family life and relationships. As a single parent I had been relying on processed, takeout, microwaveable, or fast food options to get us through our busy days together. I began to question myself. Was I depriving my child of the same warm and wonderful memories I had growing up? Would his childhood food memories be of a pizza delivery guy, or of a clown who flipped burgers? I didn’t want that for my son. I felt so guilty. I knew I had to do something about it.

Faced with the challenge of putting dinner on the table every night for my own child, I began to appreciate my mother’s cooking. I decided that cooking and eating dinner together was a tradition I must maintain for us, no matter how difficult the circumstances might be. I had always loved cooking. Even when my wife had been a larger part of our family, I had been the one who did the majority of the family cooking.

Cooking made me feel grounded, and like I was in control. Food is our most basic life necessity, but it was also so much more than that for me in those early days as a single parent. I loved the creative outlet cooking provided and I loved knowing that the food I made at home was healthier for my son than restaurant food or takeout. I had always enjoyed cooking because there were times it was the only thing that made sense to me after a long, hectic day.

Cooking gave me the opportunity to be a role model for my son. It helped me create a healthy environment with delicious meals made from simple, delicious ingredients. I loved challenging myself to use everything in the fridge before anything spoiled.

We are all secret chefs. I challenge you to let go of any negative preconceived notions that you have about cooking meals from scratch and open yourself up to the thought that you, too, can come to enjoy and master the process of putting good food on the table. If you know how to eat, you can figure out how to cook. Think about it: how many times have you had a meal at a restaurant and found you had an opinion on the food you were served? Trust your own instincts. You know your children and your partner better than anyone else. Who better than you to make healthy meals you know your family will love?

We are all food critics. We know what tastes good to us. The art of cooking is taking a recipe and making the dish your own. A recipe is a roadmap to your family’s food consciousness. Food wisdom begins at home.

Being a parent today is like training for a triathlon on a daily basis, which makes it easy to perceive cooking as either an additional task to accomplish at the end of a long day or as merely entertainment to watch on TV. But cooking for your family can be so much more than your least favorite chore of the day. The fact is, cooking is a core ingredient that feeds the household spirit and nourishes the family bond. Home cooking is a foundation that shapes your children’s wellbeing and sense of security. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a single father, it’s that cooking meals with my son made us feel like a family again.

Whether you are a single parent or not, I’m willing to bet your family’s schedule is jam-packed. Cooking for your family may seem overwhelming and impossible, but don’t worry. You are not in this alone. I will help streamline the process and introduce efficiencies so you can begin to prepare delicious, nutritious meals. You will quickly learn fundamental techniques that will empower you to handle any recipe.

There is nothing more satisfying in life than feeding the ones you love. Cooking can be both simple and gratifying. I’m here to prove it. You only need to master some basic techniques to create amazing meals for your family to enjoy.

A COOKBOOK ABOUT FAMILY, PUSH-UPS AND FRESH FOODS