KISS is an acronym for Keep It Simple Stupid. Normally, it applies to design, but I like to keep this philosophy in mind while I’m cooking both for ingredients and plating. Editing food down to the most important ingredients often leads to the best flavors. Too much stuff is hard to taste.
KISS is an acronym for "Keep it simple, stupid" as a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson (1910–1990). The term "KISS principle" was in popular use by 1970. Variations on the phrase include "Keep it Simple, Silly", "keep it short and simple", "keep it simple and straightforward" and "keep it small and simple".