Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition
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Preparing, understanding, and completing a recipe require looking ahead and thoroughly reading the recipe before you start cooking or baking. Save yourself from a cooking catastrophe by following these valuable tips on how to read a recipe.

  • Read through the recipe at least twice to make sure that you understand the directions.

  • Make sure that you can perform all the techniques.

  • Look at the recipe yield and decide if the number of servings is what you need. If not, consider whether you should cut the ingredient amounts in half or double them.

  • Check that you have all the necessary equipment and ingredients.

  • Make sure that you have enough time before serving to prepare and cook the recipe.

  • Check whether you can (or need to) make any part of the recipe ahead of time.

  • Read through the ingredients to see whether you like them all, as well as whether the recipe has too much fat, sugar, or salt for your dietary needs.

  • Check whether you need to use an ingredient, such as butter or oil, at different stages in the recipe so that you don’t make the mistake of using that ingredient all at once.

  • Find out whether you need to preheat the oven.

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Marie Rama is a food writer, recipe developer, and coauthor of Grilling For Dummies. Bryan Miller is a food and wine writer and a former restaurant critic for The New York Times. He has written and cowritten a number of books.

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