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Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over

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The book eschews presenting the reader with suggested menus featuring its recipes, something often found in other cookbooks for hosting. Transfer to a large bowl or serving platter and top with the sesame seeds, lots of pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

Alison Roman Nothing Fancy Chile Chicken With Pineapple Recipe - Alison Roman Nothing Fancy

It was difficult to find a recipe that didn't feature cream cheese, heavy cream, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt, anchovies, sardines, or roe. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter, carving up the chicken and slicing the pineapple for easier serving, if you like. Michele Moses recommended the book to readers of The New Yorker, writing: "Part of the appeal is her grasp of her audience: the financially unsteady millennial generation, which has turned “nothing fancy” into an aesthetic choice.Instead, Roman teaches her readers to make “unfussy food”: homey meals that can be thrown together and snacks to hold you over when the throwing runs long. For me, a recipe like this is more about the idea that we should be making a big pot of pasta with stuff in it, and don’t fuss too much over it. This is not a cookbook for people who: are lactose intolerant, don't keep Costco-sized pallets of anchovies in the pantry, shudder at the thought of wearing white jeans while holding platters of roasted chicken swimming in pools of tomato-y juice (see cover), thought this book actually would be about unfussy food.

Nothing Fancy (cookbook) - Wikipedia Nothing Fancy (cookbook) - Wikipedia

Alison's got charm and panache, her writing is just as punchy as her on-camera personality and it comes through in this book, but if you're not familiar with her humor and approach to food, it may come off the wrong way. You can also sign up for The New Yorker Recommends newsletter, which culls from both this page and the magazine’s wider cultural coverage.

Creamy cauliflower and onion gratin: Delicious, but swimming in butter and cream to an insane degree--it was pooling and running, even after the gratin cooled. Requiring little more than your own two hands and a few mixing bowls, the recipes are geared towards those without fancy equipment or specialty ingredients. She waxes poetic on the virtues of frozen fruit and teaches you the best way to throw your own Sundae Party.

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over : Roman Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over : Roman

Or take “ The Cookies”—the salted chocolate chunk shortbread ones that arguably catalyzed Roman’s entrée to her current status as viral recipe whisperer, worlds over. The recipes are easy and straightforward, with instructions that are as qualitative as they are quantitative. She is a bi-weekly columnist for the New York Times Cooking section, as well as a monthly contributor to Bon Appétit Magazine.Wish I’d put the garlic in while oil was heating instead of heated as I ended up with more of a garlic chip at end, still tasty.

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