Chefs We Love

August 8, 2023

Alison Roman Puts A Fresh Twist On Traditional Baking

Alison Roman knows what she likes: she prefers savory over sweet, doesn’t love chocolate or cookies (despite her most famous dessert recipe being a chocolate chip shortbread), and she’s a fan of creating dishes that are rustic, not polished.

The superstar author’s personal tastes and strong opinions are all over her fab new book, Sweet Enough, which is filled with recipes that put a fresh twist on traditional desserts — think savory toppings for her Perfect Pancakes, Perfect Waffles recipe, and plenty of sour cream in her chocolate pound cake. The book also features savory dishes that nod to Alison’s days as a columnist at Bon Appétit and The New York Times, including A Very Tall Quiche with Zucchini and Greens, and the Caramelized Onion and Anchovy Tart, reminiscent of her viral Caramelized Shallot Pasta recipe from a 2020 NYT column. (The recipe was so popular, she later sold shirts emblazoned with images of the dish.) Alison sat down with us to talk about the new cookbook, her kind of dessert and the food shop she plans to open in Upstate New York.