Re: tech writers cooking up the recipes...

Subject: Re: tech writers cooking up the recipes...
From: "Kat Nagel, MasterWork Consulting" <mlists -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 12:20:13 -0500


At 8:03 AM +0000 12/24/02, Owen wrote:

maybe recipes are not only tech writing, but the Source of *all* tech
writing? i think its feasible; after all, humans and other life forms are
interested in food over pretty much everything else. Recipes are
traditionally shared and must therefore reach a wide audience and also be
easily translatable.

and recipes are very old. we certainly had recipes before computers...
...transistors...
...radio...
...electricity...
...formalised writing?

Long before I started calling myself a technical writer, I used a set of well-written vs. poorly-written recipes for the same dishes to illustrate a brief training session for new technicians on how to write up experiments in their lab notebooks. From then on, I've had a recurring dream about a Neanderthal elder using cave paintings to teach young initiates how to prepare a ritual dinner: "First, catch something that looks like this...."

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