The Daily Feed: A Focus on Five-Ingredient Cooking

Well over a decade ago, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman began writing The Minimalist, a weekly dining piece dedicated to streamlined recipes and unfussy cooking techniques. He soon authored several spin-off cookbooks, including The Minimalist Cooks at Home, The Minimalist Entertains, and The Minimalist Cooks Dinner.

Now, Bittman has some company. A new Food Network show called 5 Ingredient Fix features Claire Robinson, a 2005 graduate of New York's French Culinary Institute who also hosts the prime time series Food Network Challenge. Her cookbook, 5 Ingredient Fix: Easy, Elegant, and Irresistible Recipes will be released by Grand Central Life and Style in October.

In the blogosphere, Australian food blog Stone Soup focuses on 5 ingredient cooking as well. With beautiful photography, Sydney-based author Jules Clancy’s blog is dedicated to “helping people become better home cooks by using a minimalist approach to cooking.”

While molecular gastronomy and high-concept cooking will always have its adherents, culinary minimalism, it seems, is suddenly more chic than ever.

Are you discouraged by involved recipes that call for dozens of ingredients? Chime in below!

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Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule. Read all of Cheryl's iVillage posts here.

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