Orange-Pickled Fennel Salad (Deb Lindsey/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

With spring comes an urge to simplify, to clean out, to pare down. In that spirit, we pored through our cache of new cookbooks in a search for simplicity. The result: eight recipes with no more than five key ingredients. (We didn’t count salt, pepper or water.)

Recipes:

Baked Fruit Brioche

Carrot-Raspberry Salad

Cashew and Cardamom Fudge

Garam Masala Roast Chicken

Gratin of Roasted Peppers, Basil and Feta

Grilled Provolone With Blood Orange Reduction

Orange-Pickled Fennel Salad

Sausage Cooked in Red Wine