Alison Roman is known as much for her keeper recipes as her wry Instagram voice and effortless style. Her debut cookbook, Dining In, features 125 recipes for simple, of-the-moment dishes that are full of quickie techniques (think slathering roast chicken in anchovy butter, roasting citrus to bring out new flavours, and keeping boiled potatoes in your fridge for instant crispy smashed potatoes). The book's Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread is Instagram-famous, but in fact all the recipes in this cookbook are just as much a source of inspiration.
Roman's recipes set today's trends and will show up as tomorrow's classics: vegetable-forward with quality ingredients, punctuated by standout flavours like hot honey browned butter, preserved lemon, za'atar, and garlicky walnuts. Her ingenuity will seduce seasoned cooks, while her warm, edgy writing makes these recipes practical enough for the novice. Cooking through Dining In is be like having Alison right there with you in the kitchen: brash, funny, and full of opinions.