Kristin JensenThe story of how I wound up in Ireland is probably the same as a lot of expats – I met a man. After a year spent racking up big long-distance phone bills and even bigger Visa bills from a few transatlantic trips back and forth between Ireland and the US, I moved to Ireland in 1999 with two suitcases, thinking I’d stay for one year, maybe two. Sixteen years later, I’m still here – married to the man, with dual citizenship, two kids with Irish accents, a house in the countryside and my own business.

Ireland has been good to me and I love calling it my home. I also love Irish food. Coming from the US, where the food travels 1,500 miles on average to reach your plate, I believe that on this small island, all Irish food is local food. And as Colman Andrews says in The Country Cooking of Ireland, “Ireland — for its superlative raw materials, its immensely satisfying traditional home cooking, and its new wave of artisanal producers and imaginative but well-grounded chefs — [is] simply one of the most exciting food stories in the world today.”

In my day job, I’m a freelance editor and writer specialising in editing cookbooks and food books. My first book, Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider, co-authored with Caroline Hennessy, was published in 2014 by New Island. I am also the secretary of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild and I write a monthly beer column for Georgina Campbell’s ezine.

If you’re looking for an editor, writer, cookbook collaborator or recipe development, email me at jensen [dot] kristin [at] icloud [dot] com.

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TheGlutton June 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

Congratulations on your new blog!! It’s fantastic and I can’t wait to read more. I love your positivity and it is so refreshing to hear about what is good on this little island of ours.


Kristin June 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Thanks so much! I’m excited to write about food in a new way from my other, cooking-focused blog. x


Wendy June 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Congratulations Kristin! I do not know where you get the time for all of this!


Kristin June 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

Thanks Wendy! Working from home helps for keeping up with all my projects. :)


Sanjeeta kk June 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Love to learn about cuisine from the other side of the world..Ireland and Irish food! Best wishes.


Kristin June 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Sanjeeta! I hope you’ll find lots to enjoy on the blog once it gets up and running.


Leah June 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Love the new blog. Unfortunately I am left to drool at the pictures and descriptions as I am unable to prepare many of these off-shore dishes. But when I come to visit, look out! I have high expectations for you kitchen! And yet so many recipes to choose from! Congrats again, you’re doing a wonderful job. xoxo


Kristin June 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Leah, I’ll cook you anything you like the next time you come to visit, especially if that’s an incentive to make a trip over soon!


Lucy July 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I just read so much of your blog in one go – each post was so delicious to look at I couldn’t stop. Am enjoying learning about Irish food more and can’t wait to read more!


Kristin July 15, 2011 at 9:03 am

Thanks so much, Lucy!


Sandra's Easy Cooking August 2, 2011 at 5:39 am

I am new to your site..nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading about you and your journey!


Kristin August 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by, Sandra!


MandyM September 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I’m an editor too (although a video editor) and was also lured to Ireland by a man! Although my now husband is also South African. I moved to Ireland 3 years ago to be with him after a 3 year long distance relationship, I know all about those expensive phonecalls and travelling bills!

Ireland really is an amazing place, and considering it’s so small, there’s so much diversity, in the people and places. Every bit is unique. I really need to get around the place more ’cause there’s so much to see.

Not sure if you’ve ever been to Kenmare in Kerry, but if you haven’t you need to get there. The town is amazing, and considering it’s so small, it has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in Ireland. Every restaurant is amazing. And it’s a beautiful town too. Well worth a visit!

Enjoying your blog! :)


Kristin September 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I know what you mean about needing to get around more. We used to go off on weekend adventures all over the place, but then kids and a mortgage put an end to that. To my shame, I have yet to go to Kerry after 12 years here! It’s at the top of my list though, and now that the kids are older we’re hoping to get back to travelling around the country more soon. Thanks so much for stopping by!


MandyM September 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Don’t feel bad, I’ve no kids yet and have only been away to Kerry! Will be making an effort to see more of Ireland in the new year though :)


Gio January 12, 2012 at 4:50 am

While perusing tastespotting I chanced upon your site. I’m glad I did! I have yet to really read your story through your posts but I’m definitely coming back for more. :D Cheers!


Kristin January 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Thanks, Gio!


David February 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hi :) I’m a 20 year old from Ardee, in Louth, but I’m currently living in France for the year. Your blog is inspiring, in so far as, I’ve always been given the impression that Ireland, especially the Wee County, has no talent. You certainly do have talent, and you’ve reignited the confidence to dream I’d lost, Thank you :) I look forward to reading more of your posts!


J.B. March 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

Love your blog!


Sweet Clarity February 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Hi Kristin,
Your blog is fantastic! I really loved reading the good things Ireland has to offer. It’s a welcome change!!



Kristin February 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Thanks so much, Linda! I’ve just been browsing your blog, your post about Kilmainham Jail gave me goosebumps.


Sweet Clarity February 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Ah thanks Kristin, I’m just trying to appreciate my country that bit better :) As you’ve rightly highlighted, it has great things to offer xx


Diep le Shaker July 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Congrats to you on your new book. What a great idea! So needed in Ireland too.

See you soon…


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Karen November 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I am loving your blog. I was just exploring irish food blogs and came across yours. How fun to find another ex pat here! Well, I am due to be an ex pat in 7 months time, husband is from Donegal, you know how it goes. :)


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