Jennifer Low spent much of the past 15 years as a food editor, a job that kept her busy developing recipes, writing feature stories and overseeing food photography sessions. She has combined all these experiences into two cookbooks: the 2004 bestseller Kitchen for Kids and her newest title Everyday Kitchen for Kids.
During a 10-year stint as the food editor of Canadian House & Home magazine, Jennifer managed to squeeze in recipe development for a U.S. supermarket chain and various agricultural boards, and occasional food-feature-writing for national newspapers. Again, she put the full range of her experience to good use—Jennifer is both a formally trained chef and former business journalist.
As a food editor, Jennifer saw scores of cookbooks and noticed that something was missing. “In helping my kids learn to cook,” Jen says, “I came to realize that so-called cookbooks for children were anything but.” She remembers the instructions in these books and the practical problems she saw in them: “chop the carrots carefully” (using a knife?!) and “stir the pot of simmering liquid” (by standing on a chair to reach the stovetop?!) Jen envisioned a different kind of kids’ cookbook.
Her first book, Kitchen for Kids, became an award-winning international bestseller. None of the methods in the book call for sharp knives, stove-top cooking or small, motorized appliances making the recipes in the book both safe and fun for kids. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the book goes to Save the Children, an organization committed to improving the welfare of children around the world.
Jen appears frequently on television, most recently as a regular on CBC’s popular Steven and Chris show, creating original recipes tailored to the show’s viewers. She has also appeared on CityLine, Christine Cushing’s Cook with Me and Breakfast Television, in both Toronto and Vancouver.
Jennifer lives on the outskirts of the Niagara Peninsula, an agricultural and wine-making region in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, John, and their two children, Lee and Livvy. When she isn’t in the kitchen or in front of her laptop she’s fulfilling her duties as “mother and unpaid taxi driver.”