Downtime: Deliciousness at Home

Accomplished home cook Nadine Levy Redzepi is married to René Redzepi, chef of acclaimed restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. Lest you think that Downtime must therefore be complicated, be disabused: the recipes are straightforward, often with notes like "Congratulations: You've made a tart shell," followed by variations on the dish. The recipes are homey, perfect for families and friends--comfort dishes like Roasted Ratatouille with Orzo, Warm Potatoes with Greens and Herbs, Baked Salmon with Thyme and Thin Potatoes, Chocolate Chunk Cookies. She's a fan of butter basting, and finger foods to start a meal (Green Asparagus with Poached Egg). Her Portuguese Pork Chops and Rice uses three tablespoons of butter, one lemon and six garlic cloves--the essence of simplicity, and the sum greater than the parts. The recipes are easy enough for weekday meals, and will elevate any cook's repertoire. --Marilyn Dahl

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