Re: Speaking of cookbooks...

Subject: Re: Speaking of cookbooks...
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 09:52:15 +0100

Personally, I find this annoying because after I perform the task
according to the book I remain with nothing, no deeper knowledge of
the underlying reasons/technology, no added value.


there are different kinds of cookbooks. Some - the ones you mention -
concern themselves mostly with concrete tasks, such as creating a meat
loaf. But there are others that are more concerned with basic
information, less with specific recipies (e.g., The Complete Guide to
Cookery by Anne Willan).

Tech writing tie-in: We should try to provide our readers with all the
information they need. This will often include descriptions of systems
and concepts, not just reciipe-like procedures.

Jan Henning

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