Re: instructions

Subject: Re: instructions
From: Rebecca Stevenson <rstevens -at- atg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 15:44:28 -0500

Making assumptions about reader knowledge. One has to do it at some point in the

As someone who likes to cook, I find the brown-n-serve anecdote incredibly
depressing. It suggests that these people were taught NOTHING about their kitchens
in the course of their entire lives, and are hence finding quite a bit out through
needless trial and error. *sigh*

BTW, there is an entire genre of cookbooks written for the inexperienced kitchen
consumer. Might make good birthday presents for a few relatives of people on this
list. :-)

Michele Davis wrote:

> I find all this fascinating. I was thinking about men, who, during my generation
> and before were routinely not allowed to cook, and are fairly (the many I know)
> incompetent in the kitchen. What are we doing wrong as writers?

Rebecca Stevenson
Technical Writer
Art Technology Group
Cambridge, MA

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