Alison Roman Launches Comeback With YouTube Series ‘Home Movies’
Popular chef and recipe writer Alison Roman announced on Tuesday, January 26 that she is launching Home Movies, a new YouTube series for cooking how-tos, recipes, Q&As, and more. This marks Roman’s return to her personal YouTube channel after three years, and her first stab at video content since parting ways with the New York Times after the Chrissy Teigen controversy in May 2020.
Roman announced the launch of Home Movies on her Instagram and in her newsletter. The videos are made in collaboration with Dan Hurwitz and David Cho, and will be released every Tuesday. The first dispatch, in which Roman teaches viewers how to make meatballs, went live today.
Roman is no stranger to the camera. She previously made a series of YouTube videos to accompany her debut cookbook, Dining In. In 2019 and early 2020, the then-New York Times columnist also regularly hosted cooking videos for the newspaper’s YouTube channel. She also used to make liberal use of front-facing Instagram Stories by answering viewers cooking questions and giving advice. But when Roman made disparaging comments about Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo in a May 2020 interview, she came under fire for racism and cultural appropriation in her past recipes. The incident prompted Roman and the New York Times to pause and ultimately end their partnership, and Roman stepped back from social media.
“Alison decided to move on from The Times and we’re very thankful for her work with us,” a spokesperson for the NYT told Page Six.
She’s still been busy. In addition to her YouTube launch, Roman reportedly also purchased Bloomville, New York restaurant Table On Ten, according to food reporter Joe Rosenthal. However, Roman has not publicly confirmed the report and the restaurant is currently closed for the season.