Hello! My name is Cristina Sciarra. I started The Roaming Kitchen in 2011 as a way to share and archive my kitchen life.
Storytelling has always interested me–I studied English and Creative Writing in college–but I came late to the cooking party. (I came late to the eating party too, at least how I see it now–as intuitive, something to be entered into with pleasure and gusto.) My love of food took when I moved to Europe and fell for ingredients—fresh-caught fish with lemon in Peniche, chicken tagine in Marrakech, and cheeses from Galicia. I saw the difference whole foods, served at the peak of their ripeness, could make.
Recipes are stories. They tell a history, speak to place, tone, and time. Like all great stories, the best recipes also teach, entice, inspire, and entertain. My goals for The Roaming Kitchen are simple: original, instructive, inspiring recipes; compelling culinary yarns; and lush photographs that aid the learning process.
In the last ten years, I have lived in nine separate places. My kitchen roams where I do–it is where I feel most at home. (After a stint in Madrid, I moved to Paris, where I attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. Back in New York, I earned an MFA in Fiction Writing and completed Culinary Management studies.) But I am proof that it does not matter where you live, or if you come from a “food family” or not—armed with a little culinary knowledge and fresh ingredients, great meals are possible and within reach. Food should foster community. It should be a source of physical and spiritual nourishment.
For the most part, you will find seasonal recipes here—I think a June strawberry is worth waiting for. I shop at farmers markets because real, whole, quality ingredients are important to me: I want a connection with the makers of my food. I want to know how their products arrived on my table. I volunteer on the board of Slow Food NYC because I believe that food should be “good, clean, and fair.” I might invite you over for dinner.
I do not subscribe to any special diets here, but if you do, I hope our new Recipe section will make searching for meals easier.
My fiancé Paul is the essential second piece to my puzzle. We met five years ago in Madrid, and moved to Paris after that. Currently we call Brooklyn home. We travel often to visit his family on the Western Coast of France. 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 also 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.