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Recipe fail? 10 ways to avoid pitfalls

Recipe fail? 10 ways to avoid pitfalls

Recipes hold such delicious promise. Just follow along, the instructions whisper seductively, and you will wow your family and dazzle your friends. Or not. The cruel reality is — and we all encounter this — some recipes just don't deliver. How can you tell, preferably before you buy the ingredients, invite people over and start cooking, whether a recipe is "good" or "bad"? Here are 10 steps six cookbook pros say you should follow to get the most from a recipe. 1. Cook! The more you cook, the more you will learn and the easier it will be to spot a recipe that's "worthwhile or intriguing," says Dianne Jacob, an Oakland, Calif.-based...

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