Alison Roman Says She Hasn't Been Cooking Since Chrissy Teigen Comments Led to Her Job 'Shake-Up'

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Alison Roman is earnestly looking to learn from the "huge shake-up" she recently endured both personally and professionally.

The food writer was recently put on a "temporary leave" from The New York Times after facing backlash for some comments she made about Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo to The New Consumer. In the interview, she said Teigen's business empire "horrifies" her, and that Kondo has "capitalized" on her fame. She later apologized for her remarks.

On Tuesday, Roman shared with her followers that she's "still processing" her quick fall from grace, and admitted that she hasn't been in the kitchen too much during this time. 

"I haven't been cooking and won't pretend I have, so here's a bowl of compost, which- a metaphor in there somewhere, I think!" she captioned a photo of a bowl of food scraps.

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HI! I want to thank everyone who's reached out and taken the time to write to me over the last few weeks. I am still working my way through each email (of which there are...a lot!), so if I haven't gotten back to you yet, please know I will. The kindness, empathy, tough love, vulnerability and, honesty demonstrated by everyone who wrote in sharing experiences, book recommendations, anecdotes, and thoughtful advice has been overwhelming in the best way. I'm genuinely excited to turn this moment into positive, actionable change and so insanely grateful for even having that opportunity. This was a huge shake-up for me both personally and professionally, and I'm still processing so much, but know that I'm working on it and thinking about it 24/7. The issues brought to light by this whole thing won't be fixed overnight, and the healing process for many will be long, but I'm committed to doing the work to make it better. As for the other kind of work, for the foreseeable future, you can find me in that newsletter I started 3 years ago and never sent out lol. There will be recipes, reader emails, recommendations, and discussions about things that I hope you will like or find helpful. In lieu of the comments section or DMs, I encourage you to submit questions/comments/concerns to qcc@alisoneroman.com, the idea being to share some of them in the newsletter (I am learning "the comments section" is not the best place for public discourse). Anyway! I haven't been cooking and won't pretend I have, so here's a bowl of compost, which- a metaphor in there somewhere, I think! Link to subscribe to the untitled newsletter in the bio.

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Roman also offered her fans an update on what she plans to do next. "I'm genuinely excited to turn this moment into positive, actionable change and so insanely grateful for even having that opportunity. This was a huge shake-up for me both personally and professionally, and I'm still processing so much, but know that I'm working on it and thinking about it 24/7," she wrote. "The issues brought to light by this whole thing won't be fixed overnight, and the healing process for many will be long, but I'm committed to doing the work to make it better."

She added of her professional life, "As for the other kind of work, for the foreseeable future, you can find me in that newsletter I started three years ago and never sent out, lol. There will be recipes, reader emails, recommendations, and discussions about things that I hope you will like or find helpful."

In the lengthy Instagram message, Roman was quick to thank those who have reached out during this time. "The kindness, empathy, tough love, vulnerability and, honesty demonstrated by everyone who wrote in sharing experiences, book recommendations, anecdotes, and thoughtful advice has been overwhelming in the best way," she said.