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Does That Recipe Look Wrong To You?

Cookbook Errata: If Something Looks Odd, It May Be

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In today’s fast-paced publishing world, editorial mistakes are not unheard of. We’ve all rolled our eyes at a spelling or grammatical error in an otherwise wonderful novel. Some of us have even torn out (or “frogged”) hours of knitting to fix a mistake caused by a misprint in a pattern.

And while mistakes in a knitting pattern can be frustrating and time consuming, cookbook mistakes can also be hazardous to your health.

So if your recipe seems wrong, the following tips should increase your odds of having a happy and healthy cooking experience:


Recomended books:

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
edited by Judy Kingry and Aluren Devine

Recommended by the National Center for Home Food Preservation, this book includes 400 recipes, plus comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods plus lists of required equipment and utensils.



Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
by Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

Volume 1 of this six volume set includes chapters on Microbiology for Cooks and Food Safety. You can read volumes 1-6 at the Central Library, and check out the easier-to-carry version, Modernist Cuisine at Home.



And if you’re still skeptical about a recipe, search online using the term “cookbook errata” or “cookbook errors” (or use the word “recipe” instead of cookbook), plus the title of the cookbook or recipe.  If the error you see has been found by other people, it may show up online.


We wish you happy – and safe – cooking this holiday season!


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