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  1. Chris says

    As someone who regularly researches various recipes, I cannot tell you how off base this is. I’m looking for the story, not some anecdote about how the recipe, created by your late Aunt Susan made you feel on a cold winter morning.

    If you want to add some quick history to the recipe, or a simple anectdote, fine- make it short and simple and relevant to the topic. Prattling on and on about how a step stool in the hall way made you think back to a time your kids were still in diapers, which then reminded you about that one time you got the flu and wanted Great Grandma Esther’s chicken soup is a turn off, and a sure sign I won’t read your recipe blog anymore.

    • Lauren Gray says

      We totally get it, Chris – sometimes recipes are best standalone and some of the best stories are short & sweet! Hopefully you’re able to find some recipe authors that are a good fit for you. 🙂

  2. Jamie Henshaw says

    I think there is a huge difference between “prattling on” in the middle of a recipe, and telling a story using a recipe as the framework. This article talks about Laura Esquivel and Hemmingway, authors – not cooks. This is a genuine format for writing, and if done well it makes for an amazing story. This article hits it pretty well without giving an actual writing lesson. As someone who regularly writes, I wouldn’t call this “off-base,” and I would encourage Chris to take a more practical read of the article.

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