About Me


Celebrating Romanian Home Cooking 


I’m Irina, a food writer born and bred in Romania, who has been living in the UK for the last 10 years. I am fascinated by the flavours and textures of Romanian cuisine and I am excited to write and share its secrets with the world.

I feel very strongly about exploring the world through food, understanding people through what they eat, and putting things in the context of history.

My dream is to build a life around food, discovering new flavours and changing perceptions with the help of recipes, photography and travel.

The recipes are my own, inspired by my mother, my family and Romania’s culinary heritage.


What Authors are Saying about ‘Carpathia’

“Tempting you to travel to Carpathian mountains”

I couldn’t be happier to see one of my favourite cuisines being represented by a voice as warm and thoughtful as Irina’s. Carpathia is full of delicious and interesting recipes and photos that will tempt you to travel to Carpathian mountains immediately.

Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka and  Kaukasis

“Filled with new ideas, flavours and insights”

Carpathia takes the reader roaming through Romania from Transylvania to the Danube Delta while introducing dozens of satisfying recipes that express the landscape, culture and joys of traditional Romanian hospitality. This is a book of many virtues, filled with new ideas, flavours and insights.

Caroline Eden, author of Samarkand and  Black Sea.

“A beautiful book full of life and flavour”

A beautiful book full of life and flavour; I not only want to try so many of the recipes, I now want to visit the country that inspired them.” 

Mark Diacono, author of Sour, The New Kitchen Garden and A Year at Otter Farm.

“A wondrous amalgam of Europe’s diverse cuisine”

An absolutely beautiful book showcasing Romanian food as a wondrous amalgam of Europe’s diverse cuisines. Real, delicious and accessible – I will be making everything from the plācintā to prajitura, cremsnit to cataif!”

Helen Goh, co-author of Sweet with Yotam Ottolenghi.