Re: Narrative Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Narrative Technical Writing
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 11:03:00 -0800

Uh, make that "tolerances ... are a lot lower."

On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> wrote:
> That's my informed opinion as a cook who has followed thousands of
> recipes, made hundreds of waffles, and been served many bad pancakes
> and waffles made by inexperienced cooks *following* good recipes.
> Leavened batters are fussy. The tolerances for the proportions of
> ingredients are a lot higher than with most dishes.
> On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 7:30 AM, Chris Despopoulos
> <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
>> Are you saying you tried it and had to clean up a mess?  Or are you simply assuming that would be the case?
>> Look, I really think the book is over the top in some ways.  But I also think it has an interesting approach.  I don't know if the book begins with a statement about user assumptions -- that might clear some issues up.  I do think that if you read the recipe reasonably and pay attention to what you're doing, you can end up with a decent waffle.  I'm sure I could, but I have to admit I haven't tried it either... No waffle iron in the house.
>> # Wow, that's impressively awful. I can see the use for such a book in
>> # helping insecure cooks learn to improvise, but not providing even
>> # rough proportions means that a reader would likely have to clean up
>> # several messy failures before reaching a workable set of proportions
>> # through trial and error.

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