Screening out unsuccessful recipes

Molasses ginger cookiesFollowing up on Susie's blog, Epic fail - anatomy of the recipe that didn't, we found a great follow-up article. Susie's article, besides being funny, details many of the ways a recipe can be poorly written. As she points out, a poorly written recipe can be costly in time and ingredients, and potentially embarassing to boot.

So is there a way to eyeball a recipe and figure out that there may be danger ahead? And what chefs are well-known for their attention to detail and can be trusted? Over at the Splendid Table, they have a checklist for How to Spot Good Recipes, along with a list of 21 writers who produce reliable recipes (and, no, Rachael Ray and Gwyneth Paltrow aren't on the list). 

1 Comment

  • tsusan  on  4/26/2012 at 7:04 PM

    I agree 100%--and agree with the list of reliable authors. To it I would add Raghavan Iyer, Roy Finamore, Emily Luchetti and Fuchsia Dunlop. It's a pleasure to cook from their books, and I always feel an almost subconscious feeling of relief when I reach for one, knowing I am safe from all disasters except for my own...

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