Frequent readers of the NYT will know of Mark Bittman who writes a weekly column on Thursdays named the Minimalist. Each column describes a recipe that on the surface may seem complicated but is simplified significantly by Bittman. (Last week tomato paella). He also has several cookbooks all of which are quite good. Regrettably we can't afford an in house Chef here at PND and it being Thursday I thought I would nevertheless present the following video. Chris Walken the minimalist chef.