We just got an advance copy of Elizabeth Falkner's new book, due out August 28, titled Cooking Off the Clock: Recipes From My Downtime (Ten Speed Press). We're not sure that Falkner, who recently shuttered two San Francisco restaurants and has done numerous TV and event appearances in the last few years, has had much downtime to speak of herself. But the book follows on a the trend of chefs, including Ferran Adria, appealing to home cooks who want simple, flavorful, interesting recipes that they might actually have time to cook.
It's a concise volume of salads, soups, pizzas, pastas, and pared-down mains like pork tenderloin schnitzel, a cast-iron-seared New York steak, and chilaquiles with a fried egg.
Also, since Falkner made her name as a pastry chef, there's a section devoted to home-style desserts, including her addictive, more natural take on the Oreo featuring cocoa nibs, a chocolate cake with salted peanuts, and two versions each of apple and cherry pie.
You can pre-order it on Amazon here, or you can choose to support your local independent bookseller and order it there instead.