Kate Downham wrote:Thank you all for the helpful replies, you’ve given me a lot to think about! I will get a bit more organised and start looking for more recipe testers!
A couple of things I’ve been wondering about…
Meal sizes - I cook for seven active people every day and love leftovers, and often find myself making double or triple batches of recipes from other books. I would like the option of having the ingredients listed for a large batch, and I think communities and wwoof hosts might appreciate this idea too, but I also want to provide batch sizes that will work for smaller households. I am experimenting with ways to make this work in the book. My ideas so far:
1. Make these recipes a double page spread - one page has the method, and the ingredients for one batch size, the other page has a the photo, with a text box inserted in it for the ingredients list for a small batch size. This is probably the least confusing method, but it obscures my lovely photos :(
so i imagine having the two different batches to be quite confusing. I am curious if there is a way to possibly colour coat the book. It would be a central theme and for every batch for 2 the page could be green and for every page which has the double batch could be purple. (just a suggestion)
2. Not having any particular format for doing this - just fit the alternative ingredients list on the page where it best seems to fit for a particular recipe. For example, my Japanese beef curry recipe probably works best with the slow cooking ingredients for both batches listed in a column, and then the curry roux/finishing ingredients for either batch listed in bold in the method section. When a recipe is for a cake or something else with a shorter ingredients list, I could have the ingredients for both batches listed in the column, but this might lead the cook to adding the wrong amount of something.
I could see the different amounts being listed in the same column being a problem yes.
3. Having the ingredients listed for one batch in the ingredients column, and the other batch size option listed as a variation, in a coloured text box somewhere on the page. With this approach there is also some risk that people might add things from the wrong ingredient list by mistake, but I think there is slightly less chance than the last idea.
Now this is an interesting idea, Sally fallons cook book does this when her recipes call for using chicken stock, and at the bottom it shows it having variations like duck broth or turkey broth.
And then comes the problem of which batch becomes the ‘normal’ one, and which the ‘variation’? Most people these days are in isolated houses, just cooking for themselves, a couple, or a small family, but maybe in the future there will be more community meals and more large households.
Is there any chance you would be willing to create a survey and try and get a clear answer to this from your peers. i would fill it out.
i live with my partner and we would normally cook a recipe for 4 and would easily have left overs for one more person.
I am trying to be helpful to all kinds of household sizes, and also to not limit my audience, but I also don’t want the book to be annoying to use. I am beginning to understand why many cookbooks are doing a generic “serves 4” version of every recipe! It would definitely make the cookbook creation process easier, but it also makes cooking more difficult for me and other larger households, because we end up having to make calculations as we cook - it would be nice to be able to just give the book to a helper and show them the recipe, rather than having to say ‘triple the ingredients, cook the meat in batches, do this differently, do that differently, etc.’
I have a suggestion, is having the double batch or what have you in the back of the book an option. Say something like (if you are wanting to cook for 8 people please see page 465)Than you go to page 465 and it shows the ingredients without having the picture and all the rest of the info you would be filling in.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Kate Downham wrote:To make it with loose leaf tea (tea bags have plastic in them)