While the public seems obsessed with cooking right now, their understanding of the craft has not improved. Here’s an example from cookbook author David Leite: He told me a reader questioned his use of the term “separate the eggs.” She asked if he meant to move the eggs further apart.
Editors say people know less about cooking than ever before, so recipe writers have to explain more or use terms that everyone understands, such as “cook” instead of saute.”
What are the terms most likely to make readers nervous? Here’s my Top 10:
Do you agree? Are we dumbing down recipes by avoiding these terms, or doing readers a service? What other terms have I left off the list?