Sharp Knives, Boiling Oil: My Year of Dangerous Cooking with Four-Year-Olds (Family Bites)


  • Welcome! I'm Jan, a Canadian food writer & party planner with a specialty in celebrations for kids. I'm the Food Editor for SavvyMom Media & a contributor to several other family-focused publications. I live in Toronto with my husband and our two tween sons.

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I always cook with my kids, age 4 and 8. They have done it all thankfully with no real mishaps except maybe egg shells in batter!


I cook with my kids, 6, 5, 3, almost everyday. Sometimes they are helping me crack eggs, roll out dough, sift the flour. Sometimes they are hanging on my legs and whining while I try and brown the chicken. Always they try to sneak a taste of whatever is in the bowl when my back is turned. Sometimes it's joy and sometimes I want to banish them from them kitchen so I can contemplate why I ever had children. Some days are better than others, though I think that is always the case with kids.


By the way, I am really loving Book Week here! What a good idea and I can't wait to read all of these books.


I have toddler/preschool-aged boys so cooking with them is a bit tricky. They do love to help mixing and measuring out ingredients for cookie dough!


I cook so etimes with my 8 year old, which I find challenging as she wants to try every ingredient like a starving Ethiopian! Kudos to anyone who takes on a group of 4 year olds in a cooking class!

Krista Sanderson

I have a 3yr old who loves to help me make baked goods. He also loves to make his own salad dressing!


Oh god tell me about it, my year old little man insists on helping out in the kitchen... pan fried duck breast, his latest creation! ;)
in all seriousness i love having him around helping out... and he seems to love it too

Sarah P

I have two kids under six and I am a JK teacher so I have lots of cooking with kids stories! My two children can make chocolate cookies without the recipe now and my favorite thing to make with my class is applesauce in the slowcooker. They are always amazed that applesauce actually is made of apples and doesn't magically just come in little prepackaged containers!

Christine W

I have 2 boys, ages 5 1/2 and almost 3, and I determined
that they will not be lost in the kitchen. So with that, they help me. With flour on the floor, sugar all over and batter that sometimes flies everywhere. But they are
learning. :) I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for this giveaway! :)

Rebecca Park

I love making muffins with my 2 & 4 yr old daughter and son. They both love to scoop flour and sugar. I have learned to let go a lot by cooking with them.


I love baking with my 3 year old- she's been working really hard on keeping her hands out of the mixing bowl and has almost mastered it- I think it was the fistful of cocca poweder she ate that convinced her to wait until I said it was ok to taste.

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