Originally Posted by chucklesR
I've never actually cooked with a recipe in front of me.
I read them in books and such, then wing it. I'm still alive, and the wife eats my food and seems to like it.
The recipies are not for you Chuck, they are for the person who likes what you have made and wants to try and copy it, its a complement
.Or for someone who makes something they like and want to able to duplicate it a month later.
The average person has the talent or ability to cook and adjust to their particular taste. Some like my wife need a step by step process and ingredient list. Others use a recipe like a general outline.
When ever I have been asked to give a recipe to be published in a magazine or have contributed toa published cookbook. I try and take both kind of people into account by leaving flexabiity of ingredients there but at the same time defining the process/ method technique of cooking.
People modify, change, add ingredients, but no one invents a new way to saute, roast etc.