3 tips to write (or re-write) cook-friendly recipes

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1. Perform a task analysis of the job to be done by the prospective cook.

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2. It wouldn’t hurt to repeat the measurements in the instructions again; especially when dealing with spices!

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3. Make more important information more salient

Although people go through recipes before cooking them, they don’t rely on their memory when cooking. Instead, they pull up the recipe on a device, place it on the countertop, and keep referring to it as they cook. Usually, the type is really small, and you have to pay careful attention and comprehend what the recipe is asking you to do. When you have to keep going back and forth between reading and cooking, you can also get lost in the text and find it hard to keep track of the steps you were reading.

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