Tuesday, February 16, 2010


A set of directions with a list of ingredients for making or preparing something, especially food.
The English word comes from the Latin imperative recipe for "take," because recipes typically used to start, "Take one pound of flour. . . ."

The modern recipe often follows this format:-
  • a title or a brief announcement of what is to be achieved
  • a list of necessary food ingredients and sometimes special equipment
  • the method, which spells out the steps to achieve the finished dish or component
  • serving instructions.

A recipe can also include explanatory notes, which might give advice about ingredients, including possible substitutions; tips on method; snippets of historical and cultural background; and an acknowledgment of the source of the recipe. Particularly in collections, a recipe might come with comparative data, such as difficulty rating, total time necessary, and likely cost of ingredients.

An effective recipe requires maximum accuracy, minimum ambiguity, and an appropriate level of detail for its audience.


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