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Help wanted: how do I write a good recipe?

Postby Bob Ross » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:53 pm

From another thread where I posted a recipe, but actually make the dish differently; Robin suggested I start a new thread.

I know that there are many poorly written recipes out there (including some of my own). What makes a recipe one that foodies can use effectively?

As I wrote Robin, your recipes, and Jenise's, are written the way you actually make the dishes, and your cook's notes are an integral part of the directions. I would love to read hints from you, Jenise, Chef and other foodies on how to write good recipes so that people can use them effectively.

I don't think I've every seen a good checklist of how to do so.

Thanks, Bob
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Re: Help wanted: how do I write a good recipe?

Postby Bernard Roth » Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:47 am

Before you even write the recipe, you should motivate the dish. What makes it special? Is there something novel about the concept, or is it just a good traditional version of a well-known dish?

I like to see the ingredients up front, unless it is a simple recipe with few ingredients. If there is a key step or two in the cooking, where a certain technique or attention to detail is essential to the outcome, then the recipe should put focus and emphasis on those points.
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Re: Help wanted: how do I write a good recipe?

Postby Robin Garr » Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:44 am

Oops, Bob, I'm sorry, I thought you would notice that I already started this thread yesterday, <I>after</i> suggesting that you do it. ;)

See Tips on how to write a recipe for my post and a few good replies.
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Re: Help wanted: how do I write a good recipe?

Postby Bob Ross » Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:45 am

Thanks, Bernard. I've read your recipes with pleasure -- you always "motivate the dish", and you do it very well.

I missed your post, Robin. Both scribbling away at the same time, I suppose. Thanks.
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