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It's not me, it's you: Mistakes in Recipes

LePetitChefCanadien | Aug 24, 201112:01 PM

Have you ever had a recipe that went wrong that wasn't your fault, because there was actually a mistake in the cookbook? Or have you ever seen a cookbook with a ridiculous spelling error or incorrect "fact"? I've seen a few...

Everyday Indian by Bal Arneson had a couple of pretty bad mistakes in it (pretty tasty food, though, good for your first few indian dishes).
1. A chicken recipe that said to bake the chicken under foil for 25 minutes then remove the foil and bake for another 5-8 minutes. I followed her instructions exactly... and the chicken was still almost raw! I had to put it in for another 20 minutes at least!
2. A recipe entitled " Green peas with paneer and potatoes" looked very tasty, so I spent an hour making some homemade paneer (cheese) to go in it. Then, when I got to the recipe (silly me, I didn't read it first) I realized that there was ABSOLUTELY NO PANEER mentioned anywhere else in the recipe besides the title. I put it it anyway...
3. A recipe for kidney bean and yam stew called for "cubed" yams. They did not cook in the suggested time. They did not cook in twice the time. When we went to eat it, they were still crunchy. She clearly meant "diced" yams. The same error is actually present in another recipe using yams but by then I had leaned my lesson...
4. A cookie recipe in the same book said it would make 10-12 cookies. I decided to make it, following the proportions given in the recipe exactly. I should have realized something was wrong when I was unable to incorporate all the nuts and chocolate chips because there was so much dough it was going to fall out ofthe bowl if I stirred it too much! It ended up FILLING 2 COOKIE TINS!!! The author's cookies must have been the size of dinner plates!!!
Other than that, though, the food is pretty good. I still like the cookbook...

There is also that infamous australian pasta book that was recalled because one recipe said to season the pasta with "salt and freshly ground black people". I can't imagine how that one made it past the editors...

I have more examples, I just can't think of them at the moment. (Subconsciously supressing them, perhaps?)

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