We’ve all been there — that moment when you taste the final results of a recipe you were so excited about, only to realize you must have messed up somewhere because it’s not quite right. Alton Brown has a very, very simple solution to prevent that: read the recipe. Like, reallyread it.
The problem, he claims, is oftentimes we don’t truly grasp all the necessary information when we do a quick run-through of the recipe before starting it. “According to my calculations, about 30 percent of the dishes prepared from written recipes go wrong because the cooks concerned didn’t actually read said recipe. Sure, we glance at them sideways, scan them, peruse them, peek at them, make grocery lists from them, but we rarely glean all the information we really need,” Alton wrote in a post on his personal site.