I am a regular reader and clipper of Mark Bittman's "Minimalist" columns in the NY Times. I also have two of his cookbooks at home (the Minimalist Cooks Dinner and The Minimalist Cooks at Home).
I love Bittman's approachable writing style, his philosophy on using a few, fresh ingredients, and his simple dishes using Asian influences.
The problem? His recipes never really turn out that great. Last night I made a corn chowder from one of his books and it's just plain flavorless. I find that a lot with his recipes (a recent tomato sauce was also lacking in oomph). Maybe perhaps they are too quick and simple for their own good?
I'm curious to know if other folks have had similar experiences....