Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the author of The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food Into Family Life. Her writing and recipes have appeared in many print publications and prominent websites including, Daily Candy Kids, Martha Stewart, Bon Appetit,,, Kiwi,, and The Washington Post. She is a food columnist for Babble,, Momtastic, and Lifetime Moms. Kelsey appears regularly on television including Connecticut Style, Better Connecticut, and The Today Show where she demonstrates recipes from her book and website. She lives in Southern Connecticut with her husband and two young children.
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Holidays. School events. Fun gatherings with the neighbors. This is the stuff of family life, and there's always a need for a perfect recipe, through all four seasons of the year. The Family Calendar Cookbook is organized by your family's timetable, featuring no-fuss recipes for every occasion (no matter how big or small). Whether you're serving snacks for your daughter's slumber party, or throwing a Winter Chili Night for friends, or providing allergy-sensitive treats to take to your son's classroom—author Kelsey Banfield has crafted the most reliable, most delicious recipe for everything that crops up. She also provides fun crafting ideas to do with the kids, including homemade holiday treats that are sure to be a hit. The Family Calendar Cookbook will be your new kitchen playbook, sure to be used all year long!

“Kelsey Banfield has taken an unruly year of bake sales, weeknight dinners, holiday meals, school events, potlucks, and celebrations and whipped it into shape. She provides smart, imminently doable recipes, as well as presentation ideas and craft projects for the un-crafty so that we can all sail through 12 months with ample inspiration and solutions.”—Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook

“Inspiring! A modern take on the family cookbook, this volume will stand the test of time to be handed down for generations.”—Jeni Britton Bauer, author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

“This book was clearly written by a master. You know you are in good hands when you follow Kelsey’s comprehensive directions.”—Suzanne Lee, co-author of Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits

Rights: Running Press, North America 



THE NAPTIME CHEF: Fitting Great Food Into Family Life (2012) 

Having children changes your life, but it doesn’t have to change what you cook. Like her blog,, Banfield’s cookbook is equal parts pragmatic parent and ardent foodie. The result is a tasty playbook of meals, made over to save time without compromising taste. Some favorites are the 45-minute artichoke lasagna, assembled in the morning or afternoon and held in the fridge until dinnertime; a roast chicken that’s rubbed down with herbs in the morning stays moist and flavorful when roasted later in the evening; a French toast casserole that can be tossed together the night before and popped in the oven in the morning for a special breakfast. Soups, salads, veggies, sides, main courses, and desserts are all adapted to the time that you have—whether it’s during naptime, before bedtime, in the morning, or on the weekends—without sacrificing quality or flavor. Take back dinner, one dish at a time!

“A boon for parents.”NY Family Magazine

“At last, a cookbook for parents that doesn’t push you away from the kitchen! Kelsey Banfield has done all the hard work for us—coming up with inventive, delicious recipes that you can get done in your down time, and helping us all eat well.”—Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, co-founders of

Rights: Running Press, North American