RE: Calling All Cooks & Design Gurus--SUMMARY

Subject: RE: Calling All Cooks & Design Gurus--SUMMARY
From: Ruth Lundquist <RLundquist -at- prosarcorp -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 08:53:19 -0600

Thanks to all who responded to my original post. I wasn't clear in the
initial post that these recipes are not for a cookbook, but are for a very
un-CIA-like cooking class where they will be posted at a cooking station.
All ingredients will be prepped, labeled, and available at the cooking
station, so the list of ingredients at the beginning of the recipe is
moot--the students simply need to know what to do with them. (No hunting and
gathering required.)

If anyone would like a Word document containing a sample of the design I've
decided to use, let me know & I'll email you. The document contains fake
recipes--don't try to cook these as written! It's just for formatting
purposes. (I haven't created the styles yet, so it's not a template.)

To summarize the discussion:
-many like the ingredients listed before the instructions
-some suggested listing the ingredients first & then again inline with the
-some like more than "just the facts ma'am" and want to learn more about the
-some like "just the facts ma'am" and just want to cook something to eat
-there are a bazillion cookbooks of each of the aforementioned types
-Joy of Cooking is Great!
-Joy of Cooking Stinks!
-some online resources for recipe information design: (this one doesn't appear to be working today)

My personal cookbook design favorites, each with very different styles:
*Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook: Begins with color photos of each of
the dishes contained therein. Ingredients listed first, followed by easy to
understand numbered instructions & inline line drawings of techniques where
*New Cook Book by Better Homes & Gardens: Ingredients followed by
instructions in paragraph form.
*Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes I & II by Julia Child: Lengthy
dissertations on technique and style. Recipes are several pages long. Only
when I'm feeling particularly ambitious & energetic.
*The Best of Taste (Williams-Sonoma): style described in original post. I've
closely mimicked this information design.

Thanks again.

It's been interesting to see how this Cookbook approach can be applied to
complex documentation projects.



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