RE: Tech writers and cookbooks

Subject: RE: Tech writers and cookbooks
From: Victoria Camgros <vcamgros -at- persistence -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 14:24:45 -0800

At 01:36 PM 1/30/01 -0800, Bailie, Rahel wrote:

I bought a recipe book a few years ago that got rave media reviews, only to
discover that the page numbers in the index weren't even vaguely correct.
Another cookbook had only titles indexed (for example, "Surprise Hot Pot"
under "S"). Another spelled out directions rather than explain concepts, so
you never learned that steps 5-8 actually meant you making a Hollandaise
sauce to pour over what you did in steps 1-4.

IMHO, Sunset Magazine does a good job of writing cooking procedures. They
separate out the major tasks, as you suggest. They even have sidebars to help
schedule the entire meal (if you are using their whole menu instead of just serving
a particular dish). Many recipes have photos that show interim steps (not just
the final result). And many of the ones I have tried have been excellent. :-))

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