A title

Title the recipe. A descriptive title will help attract people to your recipe and makes it more personal. Don’t get too descriptive; your recipe will speak for itself once it's cooked! Just make the title sounds appetizing and appealing.


Introduction ( optional)

If your recipe has a special history, consider including a short introduction so readers will know how much love and dedication was put in the creation of the dish. Write about who ‘invented’ the recipe, tweaks that have been made over the years, or anecdotes about times people in your family have enjoyed it.


Ingredient list

Add the ingredient list and keep these rules in mind:

  • List your ingredients in the order they appear in the recipe.

  • Spell out measurements.

  • Break up ingredients with headings. For example, if you’re making a pie, indicate the ingredients of the crust, and then add another section for the filling.

  • Indicate advance preparation if something needs to be done ahead of time.

Preparation method

  • As needed, indicate the cookware, utensils or bowls that will be used. 

  • Keep the sentences short and use numerals or bullet points.

  • When cooking over the stove, indicate the heat level needed. For example, ‘boil for 20 minutes,’ or, ‘simmer over low heat until …’

  • Separate methods if the ingredients indicate. Going back to the pie example, explain how to make the crust first, and then the filling. 

  • List how many servings the recipe provides


Add extra important information


  • How long the recipe takes to make, including preparation and cooking time.Personalized serving suggestions, such as optional garnishes or other dishes that pair well with the recipe (e.g. "Top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream" or "Serve with slices of crusty baguette."

  • Include ingredient substitutions to account for dietary restrictions (e.g. "Cashews may be substituted for walnuts" or "Use tofu instead of chicken to make the dish vegetarian").

  • Give sufficient warnings about any problems which may occur during the cooking. Anexample of this might be ‘Do not open the oven door while baking’, or ‘your cake may fall’, or ‘Do not let the oil get too hot on the stove.


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