Allison Lanzilotta Arevalo started cooking pretty much when she was able to stand. Born into a food-loving Italian family in New York, she helped her great-grandmother cook massive meals for Sunday family dinners. Armed with these skills, Allison grew up to develop original recipes that would feed friends, family, and thousands more through her food blog, and eventually the restaurant.
Her professional path began in a different direction though. After earning a degree in Journalism from Queens College, NY, and attending New York University for Integrated Marketing, Allison pursued a career as a marketing exec in NYC before deciding to follow her true passion in life: Food.
In 2008, Allison and her husband took a leap of faith: They quit their jobs and drove across the country to Oakland, CA, in hopes of one day opening a restaurant. Allison freelanced as a food writer and created the Local Lemons food blog, which showcased her original recipes. Along with getting thousands of unique visits per day, it received high accolades from Saveur.com, CNN, Serious Eats, WSJ.com, SFgate.com and other prestigious websites.
Her dream came true in 2010, the year she and Erin Wade opened the doors to Homeroom, a restaurant dedicated to mac and cheese, the dish that made her dream come true. Allison lives in Oakland with her husband Alejandro, and her son, Nico.
A fun and playful cookbook featuring retro, decadent, and kid-friendly mac-and-cheese recipes from the popular Oakland restaurant Homeroom.
Think Outside the Box!
Macaroni and cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort foods, beloved by kids and adults alike. But there’s no need to rely on prefab mixes—all you need is a handful of kitchen staples, some tasty cheese, and a little insider advice courtesy of Homeroom restaurant. This perennially popular Oakland, California, eatery—with its entire menu devoted to mac and cheese—now shares its secrets for the best-ever mac recipes.
These inventive dishes offer something for everyone: nostalgic homestyle recipes like Tuna Mac, international varieties like Sriracha Mac, decadent delights like Truffle Mac, and even the logic-defying Vegan Mac. You’ll also find recipes for quick veggie sides like Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and old-school desserts like frozen Peanut Butter Pie. With a basics section on perfecting mac sauce, choosing the best noodles, and customizing add-ins and toppings, plus an emphasis on quality ingredients and simple techniques, this fun, playful cookbook shows cheese-loving readers how to take this comfort-food staple to creative