When I first started preparing my own meals as a young adult, my idea of cooking was boiling pasta and heating up a jar of store-bought tomato sauce. My salads were topped with bottled dressing, and I didn’t think twice about using a box of brownie mix. But, while it’s true my cooking skills were practically non-existent, I always loved to eat truly delicious food.

That interest in good food slowly became an obsession. I started cooking more, ripping out recipes in magazines, taking recreational cooking classes, refusing to vacation anywhere that didn’t have food worth eating, and learning kitchen secrets from my Italian mother-in-law. Then, when my daughter Rosa was born I picked up a whisk and never looked back. I made all of Rosa’s baby food and, soon, earned a culinary arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

In the summer of 2008 I launched Rosaberry, a culinary services company devoted to helping New York families eat better through culinary instruction and personal chef services. I am now the food editor at Parents Magazine and I’ve appeared on the Today Show numerous times demonstrating kid-friendly recipes. My first two cookbooks will be released this spring by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Real Baby Food: Easy All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler will be released in April 2015, and Smoothie-licious: Power-Packed Smoothies and Juices the Whole Family Will Love debuts in June 2015.

Through my books, blog, magazine writing, and video I’m excited to continue helping families eat healthfully, happily, and deliciously.

Jenna Helwig

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