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The Ruby’s Cookbook Club is a combination potluck and book club. Each month, we’ll discuss a new cookbook. Participants should cook a dish from the book (at least 8 servings). This is a special LUNCH-time Cookbook Club.

This month, we'll be cooking from and discussing Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman. The author, Alison Roman, will be joining us from New York. We'll eat together, then have a brief Q&A with Alison herself!

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a Ruby members-only event. We will open it up to nonmembers to buy tickets from October 28 to November 6 only if space allows (the ticket option will appear if space allows). Cookbooks are free for the first 24 Ruby cookbook club participants who sign up and *pinky promise* to bring food. If you are not ultimately able to attend the potluck, you will be charged the full price for the book.


It’s not entertaining. It’s having people over. The social media star, New York Times columnist, and author of Dining In helps you nail dinner with unfussy food, unstuffy vibes, and the permission to be imperfect.

NAMED ONE OF FALL’S BEST COOKBOOKS BY Food & Wine • Eater • Food52 • Bon Appétit • Epicurious • Chowhound • Forbes • Grub Street

Nothing Fancy delivers what those of hoping to up our dinner party game are looking for: It’s utterly current and distinctly doable.”—Eater

An unexpected weeknight meal with a neighbor or a weekend dinner party with fifteen of your closest friends—either way and everywhere in between, having people over is supposed to be fun, not stressful. 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 your people want (think DIY martini bar, platters of tomatoes, pots of coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, pans of lemony turmeric tea cake) plus the tips, sass, and confidence to pull it all off. With Nothing Fancy, any night of the week is worth celebrating.

About Alison Roman

ALISON ROMAN is a contributor at Bon Appétit and The New York Times. Her work has been featured in GQ, Cherry Bombe, The Cut, and Lucky Peach. The author of Dining In and Lemons, a Short Stack Edition, Alison has worked professionally in kitchens such as New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar and San Francisco’s Quince. A native of Los Angeles, she lives in Brooklyn.

Earlier Event: November 5
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Later Event: November 8
Q&A with Sally Rooney