A Decadent Dinner Menu From Fall’s Hottest New Cookbook

If you haven’t heard of Alison Roman, let us introduce you to your new kitchen crush. Here, an unfussy but entirely impressive menu from her new cookbook, ‘Nothing Fancy’

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An photo of cookbook author Alison Roman holding a wine glass, next to her new book of recipes

If you’ve never laughed out loud while reading a recipe, you haven’t read a recipe by Alison Roman. The bestselling cookbook author has a dishy tone that makes her instructions read like a conversation with your favourite girlfriend after she’s had a generous glug of wine. (That said, Roman’s recipes always a) make sense, and b) work.) One of my favourite lines, from a recipe for chickpea stew: “Determining personal stew thickness is a personal journey!” Have truer words ever been spoken?

Roman’s first cookbook, Dining In, was my most-cooked-from-book of 2019, and I have no doubt that her second, the just-released Nothing Fancy, will hold the same title in 2020. That’s why I’m so excited we were able to excerpt four recipes from Nothing Fancy, which form the menu for a decadent roast beef feast. I devoured this spread when our Test Kitchen recreated it, and it was, in a word, sublime.

Recipes reprinted from Nothing Fancy. Copyright © 2019 by Alison Roman. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.