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If the recipe hasn't been tested, can you trust it?

If the recipe hasn't been tested, can you trust it?

These days, anyone can type up a recipe and post it online. A recent Google search for "chicken recipes" turned up over 78 million results. But you'd be surprised how many recipes are published without being tested, both online and in print. Of those 78 million online recipes, how many are reliable — not to mention the chicken recipes you might find in the latest new cookbook? Recipe testing, the act of making a recipe — repeatedly sometimes — to fine-tune the method and ensure consistent results, is a vanishing art.

"It's more important than anything to be able to trust the author," said Rose Levy Beranbaum in a recent phone conversation. The...

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