Interview: Kristin Rosenau from The Pastry Affair

I’ll admit it, I like reading food blogs, especially those that are creative with lots of fabulous photos. Kristin Rosenau’s The Pastry Affair certainly fits that description! On her website she says:

Once upon a time I studied to be an astroparticle physicist. I spent six years of my life immersed in complex equations, problem sets, and research. I didn’t enjoy what I was doing, but I was good at it.

As time passed, my misery grew and I began to seek an escape from my structured life. This is the moment, the wonderful moment, when I discovered pastries. Making pastries, eating pastries, sharing pastries, dreaming about pastries…

More proof that baking is science. Enjoy this interview.

I really adore your blog. The pictures are fabulous and so are the recipes. How did you get started blogging?

A few years back on stumbled across a food blog for the first time. I was entranced by the way they tied together food, photography and life–it was poetic. Over the next few months, I suddenly found myself spending more and more time looking at food blogs and discovering new favorites.  Then, one day it hit me. Why couldn’t I do this, too? I had all the tools I needed–a camera and the urge to bake. Moments later, The Pastry Affair was born.

How often do you update the blog?

I try to update The Pastry Affair at least 3 times a week to keep it current and to challenge myself to keep coming up with new ideas in the kitchen!

Care to share a favorite blog post?

One of my personal favorites featured Chocolate Truffles. It was written at a bittersweet time in my life and I feel the writing and photography really tie together to bring this moment to life. Plus, let’s be real, chocolate truffles are delicious.

Let’s switch gears to books. Do you enjoy reading? What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I’ve always been a bookworm. When I was younger, I would devour novels as if they were chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven. To lay my finger on the most interesting book is difficult, but one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read is Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spiritby Daniel Quinn. It’s about a gorilla that takes on a pupil and teaches a young man how to save the world. It compels you to look at the history of our world and the place of humans from a different (and fresh) perspective. Definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone who likes to think.

Favorite authors?

The late, great Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, and Molly Wizenberg.

Where can we learn more about you?

The Pastry Affair! I’m always updating it with new recipes accompanied with fresh anecdotes from my own life. You can find and put together the bits and pieces of me in between the paragraphs.

Thank you for the interview, Kristin!

Inspired to bake after reading this? Can’t blame you! Here are some of my favorite books:


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