Serious Eats: Talk
Recipe pet peeves
I'm not a snobby cook at all - I use cans of beans and sometimes I'll use frozen vegetables (but only peas and corn!) - but I was thinking the other day that there are a few things I'm picky about, and when I see a recipe that doesn't specify these things, I don't trust the whole cookbook. For instance, if it calls for "lentils" but doesn't tell you what kind, or calls for "curry powder" rather than a mix of specific spices (unless it gives you a recipe for curry powder!) I know there's no real rhyme or reason to these things, but there it is. Do you have certain things you're snobby about? or pet peeves that will spoil a recipe for you?