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Hello! My name is Cristina Sciarra. I started The Roaming Kitchen in 2011 as a way to share and archive my kitchen life. My aim is to provide original, instructive, inspiring recipes; compelling culinary yarns; and lush photographs that aid the learning process.

In the last ten years, I’ve lived in nine separate places. My kitchen roams where I do–it’s where I feel most at home. I don’t come from a “food family,” but started cooking in my college apartment in Washington, DC and then continued through moves to Madrid (twice), Paris (culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu), Hoboken (MFA in Fiction Writing in NYC), and now Brooklyn (where I split my time between a “real job” and perusing my interests in food, writing, and photography). I don’t think it matters where you live or how small your kitchen is—a little culinary knowledge and fresh ingredients make great meals possible and within reach. Food should foster community. It should be a source of physical and spiritual nourishment.

Mostly, you will find seasonal recipes here—I think a June strawberry is worth waiting for. I shop at farmers markets because whole, quality ingredients are important to me: I want a connection with the makers of my food. I volunteer on the board of Slow Food NYC because I think food should be “good, clean, and fair.”

My fiancé Paul is the essential second piece to my puzzle. You will see him referred to here as “the Frenchman,” (or sometimes “Mr. French Toast” or “Monsieur French Fry” or any variation therein). Paul runs all the behind the scenes, technological bits of The Roaming Kitchen. He is my taste-tester numéro un. For this, and many other reasons, I would be quite lost without him.

Thank you for taking the time to read my site. We are always working to improve it. If you are interested in working with me (writing, recipe development, or photography), or you would like to discuss Sponsorship, please feel free to contact me. Click here for a list of my Publications and Press.


  1. Maria da Silva

    Hi there,

    Like you, I love food and cooking. It is my passion, although, sadly, I don’t make a living out of it. I used to cook a lot more, and experiment with food, than I do now because it is just me to feed. All the same, I also feel very strongly about where food comes from, and how it’s been treated. I am blessed to still have a mother that produces a lot of the food I eat – garden produce that I use in salads every day. Wholesome food, prepared simply, is the best for the soul, the body, and the environment.
    You writing is beautiful and evocative, and your photos are brilliant. I hope they’ll inspire people to cook rather than buy ready-made meals.

  2. Charlene Cunanan

    Inspiring and beautiful site! Discovering your blogs inspires me even more to share little what-nots in the kitchen and tidbits of my travel. More power to you Cristina & Paul!


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