Recipe for writing success

Every genre requires its own style of writing. A big part of food writing is sharing recipes, which have to be written in a specific style.

Recipes can be broken into two parts: the ingredients list and the preparation method.

Ingredients must be listed in the order they’re used in the recipe, and should be specific. For example, don’t just say “sugar.” Specify if it should be granulated, brown, or confectioner’s sugar.

When it comes to the preparation method, be sure to include cooking times for every step. It’s not necessary to write in complete sentences; instead, be concise. Finish with storing instructions.


One thought on “Recipe for writing success

  1. alivalerio April 23, 2015 / 6:52 am

    I love reading about how something as seemingly simple as a recipe really has a complex writing style behind it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were people who really analyzed and studied this genre in-depth and determined the effectiveness of the current style. Have recipes always been written this way? Did their style change over time? Will they change from here? A neat thing to ponder. Thanks for sharing!


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