So, let us resume that practice.
There are some good vegan blogs with the word "minimalist" in the name. Their grasp of the word "minimalist" seems to be not so good, however... or, at least, not comprehensively applied.
"Minimalist" traditionally referred to politically conservative people who advocated a policy of minor reforms in government or politics. "Minimalist" also referred to artists--often painters or musicians--whose artworks were stripped down and basic. A single, black painted line on a white canvas is a good example of artistic minimalism. And now, of course, "Minimalist" refers to people who eschew excess and clutter, and is part and parcel of the voluntary simplicity movement of our current age. In other words, Minimalists like things austere, simple, and basic.
In 1997, Mark Bittman (be still our hearts) published his first "Minimalist" food column in the New York Times. The recipe, for roasted red pepper puree, is delicious. It adheres to the Minimalist principle of simplicity. There's nothing fancy about it, so the delicious flavor of the roasted red pepper, along with a little olive oil, comes right on through. Bam, a punch of roasted red pepper flavor knocking out all your teeth. That's minimalism. And NO PICTURES!
What do we see from today's "Minimalists"? We think you know what:
And then one of our favorite websites continues to be out of control with non-minimalist-minimalism (AND she has a school of food photography. Injury, meet insult.):
There's one minimalist (one in addition to Mark Bittman) who gets it. Check out this photo from Miss Minimalist (her real name!) who actually practices what she preaches. Here's the photo that accompanies a post about eating a meal from one bowl (MINIMALIST!!!):
So the moral for all of us is, If you're going to be a thing, then fully be the thing. We promise to never (NEVER!) half-ass our bitterness. If we do, we expect vitriol and violent revolt. Come find us and punch our teeth out with roasted red pepper sauce flavor. We're bitter and we can take it.
*Not her real name.