If you follow me on Instagram stories then you probably have seen me making a lot of Alison Roman’s recipes. I am a huge, huge fan of hers and LOVE both of her cookbooks. I laughed because a few people asked me if the cookbook was sponsored. First of all, if it were I would have disclosed that but no lol, I bought both of my cookbooks with my own money (signed editions from my local bookstore McNally-Jackson, if we want to get really specific! Like I said, I’m a fan – I don’t mess around!).
I think that if you follow a lot of people in New York, you probably saw a lot of her cookbooks on your feed. If you aren’t familiar and didn’t already know who she is, Alison has a bi-weekly column in the New York Times and has a massive following here. You can see all of her NY Times recipes here!
A few of you have asked me “if I have to pick one,” which would it be and that is just so hard as I have learned so much from both of them. Dining In taught me how to make flatbread and Nothing Fancy taught me how easy it is to roast a chicken. ALSO those GD dips are incredible – every single one of them but especially the labne + beet dip. One night I sat down with some pita and ate a bowl of beet dip for dinner. If I really must pick just one it would be Nothing Fancy but I’m really happy to own both. ALSO a recipe that’s not in her cookbooks: this caramelized shallot pasta. I made it on Sunday night and it is BEYOND yummy.
My Favorite Alison Roman Recipes
Dining In is Alison’s first cookbook.
My absolute favorite thing to make in this cookbook is the sour cream flatbread. It’s heaven. I never thought I could make bread or even pizza crust and it’s so EASY! It takes a while with all the dough rising but it’s beyond and you can freeze the dough to make later if you’d like. She outlines a bunch of ways to cook them but my favorite is on my stove in a cast iron pan.
I also love to make her olive oil roasted mushrooms. They are amazing on the flatbread with a little ricotta cheese and some fresh arugula.
I love the four bean salad! The grocery store was out of a lot of the beans she recommended so I swapped in garbanzo beans and it was DELIGHTFUL.
Lastly, her green romesco sauce is DIVINE!
Nothing Fancy is designed more for entertaining…
BUT honestly I cook so many things from there myself!
The dips are incredible. Her labne is beyond and I absolutely love the beet dip recipe!
For proteins, I love the roast chicken with lemon and figs. Making this was actually the first time I’ve ever made a roast chicken and I was shocked at how manageable it was. I also love the salmon with shallots and citrusy soy sauce, pictured above!
For desserts, I’m not even really a sweet person but I can’t stop making her tiny salty chocolate cookies. They are heavenly. I also love making the lemon turmeric cake and am not ashamed to say that I definitely eat it for breakfast on the reg (topped off with a hefty dollop of greek yogurt and fresh berries).
PS – If I had a dollar for every time someone asks when she’ll be on the podcast; I’d be rich! We are trying and have made contact but Alison is very busy! It’s definitely a goal. She did an episode with one of our other favorite podcasts Second Life, so definitely give that a listen.
PPS – Do you want me to round up the rest of my favorite cookbooks? Let me know!
photo by Carter Fish.