Hello! My name is Cristina Sciarra. I started TRK in 2011 as a way to share and archive my kitchen life. I hope you’ll enjoy my (usually original) recipes, stories, photos, and occasional travels.
I’ve moved around quite a lot. My kitchen “roams” where I do; it’s where I feel most comfortable and happy. I don’t come from a “food family,” but started cooking (badly) in my college apartment in Washington, DC. I continued through two moves to Madrid (in college, and after), Paris (culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu), Hoboken (MFA in Fiction Writing), Brooklyn, and next to Jersey City. I don’t think it matters where you live or how small your kitchen is—a little culinary knowledge + fresh ingredients make great meals possible. Food should foster community. It should be a source of nourishment.
Mostly, you’ll find seasonal recipes here—a June strawberry is worth waiting for. I’m big into farmers’ markets + small food makers + whole, real food.
My husband, Paul, is pretty important around here. (I like him so much, I married him twice.) We met in 2008, in a hostel in Madrid. I moved to Paris to be with him, and then he moved to New York to be with me. 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/favorite travel companion/great love.
In 2021, we had a baby! My new project, GD Kitchen, was born alongside him, in order to help other women diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Advertisements: I’ve recently started allowing select ads and sponsored posts on TRK. I will always let you know when this is the case. I’ll also never promote a product I wouldn’t use independently. (That is, I aim to support small producers and food that is actually food.)