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Old 02-16-2017, 10:33 AM
 
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sometimes I think that people put recipes in magazines to have their name in the mag. without even trying the recipe out. Maybe it looks good on paper. Maybe its an ego thing to have your recipe in a national magazine. How many people have made a dish from a recipe from a magazine that didn't turn out good?
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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No, most magazines have editors to make sure they don't publish anything too awful.
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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The really bad recipes can be found in food blogs.
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Old 02-16-2017, 01:15 PM
 
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Some years ago I read an article explaining why so many people will follow a recipe from a cook book exactly, yet have an inedible result. The researchers found that not all the recipes in the books were kitchen tested. Some authors broke down and admitted they just made the recipe up in their heads, thought it would taste good, and just relied on their cooking knowhow without actually testing the recipe.
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Old 02-16-2017, 01:19 PM
 
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What magazines are you talking about specifically?
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I try recipes from magazines pretty regularly (Cooking Light, Food Network, Food & Wine, etc.) with no real complaints. If I ended up not liking the finished products it's more that I tried something out of my wheelhouse as opposed to the recipe being faulty.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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What magazines are you talking about specifically?
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I try recipes from magazines pretty regularly (Cooking Light, Food Network, Food & Wine, etc.) with no real complaints. If I ended up not liking the finished products it's more that I tried something out of my wheelhouse as opposed to the recipe being faulty.
Yes, please be specific in the names of the magazines. Do you have an example of this? If I find a result of a recipe disappointing, it is almost always a personal preference (or me substituting ingredients) and not the fault of a magazine.

Are you following these recipes exactly?
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I dont buy a lot of magazines, but I 've never had any trouble with any recipes from like Southern Living or Martha Stewart, or Cooks Illustrated.
As Dirt said, the food blogs are the worst, but even so I can usually see a pitfall before I try something. I think the OPs argument is true for blogs, but not magazines.
What drives me absolutely nuts are the recipe reviews posted by people who change half the ingredients. Unless someone makes a recipe exactly as written, they have no business reviewing it.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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What drives me absolutely nuts are the recipe reviews posted by people who change half the ingredients. Unless someone makes a recipe exactly as written, they have no business reviewing it.
Those are my favorite: "I used this instead of that, X instead of Y, and left out the whatever. This recipe was TERRIBLE." You're reading that and thinking a. of course that didn't work, and b. you didn't actually make the recipe. The recipe is fine.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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Those are my favorite: "I used this instead of that, X instead of Y, and left out the whatever. This recipe was TERRIBLE." You're reading that and thinking a. of course that didn't work, and b. you didn't actually make the recipe. The recipe is fine.
THIS. So very much this. Annoys the complete bejeebers out of me.

I do confess that I'll sometimes come across a recipe that has an ingredient that either I don't care for - or it doesn't care for me. So I'll adapt it to something I know will work both taste-wise and digestively. i realize though that I've made something different than what was published. Sometimes though I'll end up with a variation that I keep tweeking each time I make it and it gets pretty darn good!
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