The point is, I've become very familiar with recipe structure and formatting over the past four years, since the beginning days when I was an intern at Better Homes and Gardens. Before starting at the magazine, I actually had very little knowledge about what made up a complete, well-formatted recipe. And while there are many different ways to style and structure your recipe (it really depends on the magazine or company you work for), I thought it might be helpful to do a little post on recipe-writing 101. Whether you're a blogger who posts recipes or someone who enters recipes into cooking and recipe competitions, writing a recipe that is well-formatted can go a long way.
Let's break down a recipe, shall we?
I realize this is a little hard to read in it's current form. If you click on the image, you can enlarge the photo to see the comments in closer detail. A few other things to note:
-This is just one way to write a recipe and by no means an exhaustive list of the do's and don'ts of recipe-writing. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I'll get back to you!
-Although I aim to write my recipes this way, I don't always include all the information above. It's something I'm working on doing a better job of in the future.
-I don't include nutritional information on most of my recipes, unless it's a recipe that is created specifically for health purposes (low calorie, high protein, etc.). If you're looking to calculate nutrition information Spark Recipes has a great tool online that I use frequently.
-Prep times can vary greatly. It really just depends on the cook and how quickly they move in the kitchen. Most of the time, I find it takes me longer than the suggested prep time listed in a magazine.