Sunday, October 11, 2009

This may be the worst idea since Hamburger Helper

Sharing recipes is one thing. In fact, I participated last year in a somewhat unsuccessful "chain recipe" effort that was, at the least, a good idea.

But sharing a recipe and then letting other people tweak it, via a Wiki? I don't think so.

The idea was detailed this week in a Time magazine article passed along to me by friend Susan Bullen. From the article:
Christopher Kimball, who searches for perfect recipes for a living as the editor of Cook's Illustrated and host of PBS's America's Test Kitchen, says letting random people tweak recipes will lead to tears on the stove top. "Variables affect other variables," he says, and without one person testing each and every change, "there's no continuity of experience. So how do you get the answer?"
That pretty much sums up my thoughts on it.

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