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The Art — And Joy — Of Recipe Writing

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Mar 16, 2020

When you follow a recipe and it doesn't work, how do you know when it's your fault, and when it's the recipe's fault? Why do some writers' recipes just work — while others' are hit-or-miss? And is there a better way to write recipes?

This week Dan talks with Chandra Ram, who knows the pitfalls of recipe writing better than almost anyone. In her capacity as a judge for the prestigious IACP Awards, Chandra puts recipes from popular cookbooks to the test. On the flip side, she's written lots of recipes for her own cookbooks, so she understands how easy it is to stumble, even when pursuing recipe perfection.

 

Then Dan talks with John Becker and Megan Scott, who revised and developed 2,400 recipes for the latest edition of Joy Of Cooking. Joy is one of the most popular cookbooks in history, but it's also one of the only cookbooks to use the "action method" of recipe writing.

 

Plus we have special cameos from Gourmet Makes' Claire Saffitz and best-selling cookbook author Julia Turshen!

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Party Hop" by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Clean" by James Thomas Bates
  • "Summer Getaway" by Stephen Clinton Sullivan
  • "Soul Good" by Lance Conrad
  • "Small Talk" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Playful Rhodes" by Stephen Clinton Sullivan

Photos courtesy of Joy of Cooking, Geoffrey Smith, and Pableaux Johnson.

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