Door 19: Alison Roman

Photography by © Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott

Discovering new restaurants or generally dining out was difficult this year all over the world. The limitations of food delivery were soon reached, so many started to cook more at home as for example the google search for banana bread recipes skyrocketed.

So people who proclaimed homecooking before were in demand, especially so the cook and author Alison Roman, whom Zeit Magazin called, the Queen of Homecooking. Born in 1985 in Los Angeles, but now residing in Brooklyn, she worked as pastry chef before at various restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

She worked as senior food editor at the magazine Bon Appétit and then for Buzzfeed Food and had a bi-weekly column at The New York Times. Also she authored two cookbooks, the first released in 2017 called Dining In and then in 2019 Nothing Fancy, both books challenging easy and simple, but qualitative homecooking.

Next to her writing she is quite active on social media. She was one of the first to use stories for her cooking and her hashtags like #TheStew or #TheCookies went viral. Her easy-going approach makes cooking accessible for newcomers but still challenges experienced cooks.

In May 2020 inappropriate comments with a racial undertone towards Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo backfired at her and created a shitstorm. She later apologized and took a break from social media and her column.