The table is set. Your guests are well wined and hungry. You flip through your cookbooks, double checking just how long that souffle should be in the oven when you realize the recipe doesn’t tell you when to take it out. Frantic you open the oven door to find that it has either exploded or shrunk to a pancake.
You curse the gods of the kitchen and the publisher of the cookbooks and crumple yourself into a corner. Dinner is ruined.
And, it wasn’t even your fault.
Poorly written recipes are everywhere you look these days. The internet is the worst culprit, but even published pages are full of mistakes. I spent a few minutes talking with the food writer JJ Goode on The Splendid Table about the technical art of recipe writing and what you should look for in a recipe.
Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/thesplendidtable/ian-knauer-on-testing-recipes