It's not entertaining, it's having people over.
A casual weeknight meal with a neighbor or an unexpected Saturday-night dinner party with lots of friends - either way and everywhere in between, it's unfussy food paired with unstuffy vibes and plenty of wine. This abundant collection of all-new recipes- heavy on the easy-to-execute vegetables and versatile grains, paying lots of close attention to crunchy, salty snacks and with love for all the meats- is for gatherings big and small, any day of the week. Alison Roman will give you the food you people want (think DIY martini bar, platters of tomatoes dressed in fennel and anchovy, pots of coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, slices of lemony turmeric tea cake) plus the tips, sass, and confidence to pull it all off.
Alison Roman is a columnist for the New York Times Food section and Bon Appétit. She is the author of the bestselling Dining In, named a best cookbook of the year by NPR, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Epicurious, among others. A native of Los Angeles, Alison lives in Brooklyn.