The Robust Kitchen Mission
" To Simplify the World of Food So You Can Make
Educated Choices in the Kitchen."
Who are we?
A brother and sister who Spend Entirely Too Much Time Thinking about their next meal.
Hey, my name's Michael and I am the creator of Robust Kitchen. I initially created this blog for the same reason most people make blogs...to selfishly impose my opinions on the world.
Just kidding, sort of.
I am the epitome of a lifetime student. For the last ten years I fumbled around with different majors trying to figure out what it was I wanted to do. I pursued degrees in auto/diesel mechanics, nursing, and eventually biology to start applying to med schools. I got into UC Davis as a Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavioral Sciences major and had every intention of taking the medical route to become a Doctor.
But then one day I just snapped out of it. I realized that I was going to spend the rest of my life (80 hours a week, apparently) doing something that I didn't absolutely love. It was that day that I made one of the most profound decisions of my life...
I was gonna do what I loved.
Regardless of less pay and less prestige, I was going to pursue a path I knew would interest me for the rest of my life,
The path of food!
The same day I had this realization, I switched my major to Food Science. It was weirdly the most confident, and yet sporadic decision I ever made. The 10 years leading up to this point were plagued with uncertainty, and yet the moment I decided to pursue something I naturally liked, all doubt left me. I've never been happier.
Alright, off the soap box I go.
I created this website because I discovered a large void on the web. Some of the most common food questions have vague and misleading answers. My ultimate goal is to fill this void by creating comprehensive and easy-to-understand articles on the preparation, cooking and preservation of food.
I do this with the experience of a Bachelor's Degree in Food Science from UC Davis, a lifetime of writing classes, and the researching practices of a 10 year science major. My hope is to one day be able to write full time and provide detailed, scientific answers to all major food questions.
Hey, I'm Kristina and I'm a world-traveling foodie whose mission is to explore and recreate the most delicious cuisine. While still an avid traveler, I have taken culinary refuge in the great country of the Czech Republic. When I'm not nannying or exploring the beautiful city of Prague, I'm sharing my favorite recipes on the web.
My brother and I have been best friends since high school, and are both equally passionate about the boundless world of food. Robust Kitchen has allowed me to tap into my creative side again, after years of taking care of children and feeling stagnant in my field. I've thoroughly enjoyed this new adventure, and there's no one better to work alongside than my favorite baby brother, who has opened me up to the online world of food.
After graduating high school, I went on to study in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, CA. I received a degree in Communications from Santa Barbara City College and, still unsure of what I wanted to do, decided to travel. After a solo couch-surfing trip around Europe, I was bit by the bug and continued to plan my next adventures.
Finally, I took the leap and moved to Prague, unaware of what would happen, but sure that the universe would have my back. After living with my Czech boyfriend and cat, Prince, for the past 6 years, I've explored more cuisine around Europe than I ever thought possible. As a result, I have poured my heart into replicating and improving my favorite recipes, and getting creative in the kitchen. I try to make recipes that are a good balance between healthy and indulgent, because life is all about balance, right? I also believe in healing the body through food, and that we should utilize what our Mother Earth has given us.
I truly think there is nothing more meaningful than friends and family gathered around a table of good food.
Due to the massive amount of spam we receive on our site, we are currently researching new ways for you to get in contact with us. If you have any questions or comments, we encourage you to write in the comment box at the bottom of our posts. We will keep you updated as we look into new avenues.
Michael and Kristina