POPSUGAR Food Recipes Do You Read the Recipe Before Starting to Cook? by partysugar 9/27/07 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Sign up for our daily newsletter > Source Read More CookbooksRecipesPoll Recipes A Not-Too-Green Smoothie Even Picky Eaters Will Love These Cheese-Stuffed Yuca Balls With Cilantro Dressing Are Appetizer Perfection Why Peruvian Alfajores Take Me Back to My Roots — and the Best Recipe You'll Ever Find 22 Chicken Recipes Made in a Slow Cooker POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get inspired with our daily newsletter Vegetarian Home Love and Sex Tech Food DIY Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. Allytta 7 years i use recipes for baking only... cooking is just art for me. haven't managed to make baking an art yet, but working on it :) purrtykitty 7 years totally! 1) i gotta know what's in it so i can make sure i have everything i need (i hate those mid-cooking store-runs) and 2) i gotta know if i have the proper utensils, skills or most importantly the PATIENCE to attempt the recipe! beingtazim 7 years i only use recipes when i bake and yeah, i look first unless it is for chocolate chip bars as i have made those so often now. Aurore 7 years When I use a recipe, I usually read it quickly before - just to have an idea what to expect. But most of the time I have bad surprises anyway (e.g. : I read add 1 tomato, when the recipe says "add 1 lb tomatoes..."). I must be recipe dyslexic :) iMpErFeCtIoNs 7 years every last word. it's not that long anyways. rlveronica 7 years Sure do. Loreal25 7 years Since I'm just starting to experiment with new recipes besides the ones that were passed down from family, I definitely read the recipe a couple times first just to get a feel of what I need to do. Then I see if I can substitute any ingredients. And while cooking, I glance over the recipe again to make sure I'm on the right track. totonlaura 7 years glad that i'm not alone... lexichloe 7 years I have to read the recipe over and over again, I just want it to be perfect. kiwitwist 7 years I usually skim... but sometimes I don't and then end up going 'uh-oh!' PJ-PJ-PJ 7 years If it's a brand new recipe, I'll read it. You need to know what ingredients to have & if you have to marinade or chill something beforehand. (I've had to go to plan B more than a few times, because I didn't read it beforehand.) Otherwise, I'll wing it on my own. sumnboutme 7 years i usually read it a couple times over so i know i have everything down. i don't like to keep going back to the recipe once i've started to cook...i need to be in the moment...hahahahahah. NickyLangs 7 years I always do, but somehow it never comes out the way I think it will. Too back I didn't pick up my Italian grandmother's cooking talent :( Food 7 years I usually skim the recipe first, it depends on what i'm making. If it's for a special occasion, I always read the recipe. If it's an everyday sort of thing I'll wing if I get to a part I don't have time/ingredients for. It drives YumJimmy crazy, he's a read it over and over and follow it to a T. Even if i do read it over and over, I don't always follow it. Usually it's okay, but sometimes... oh well learn from losing, no? MindayH 7 years I would be a horrible cook if I wasn't good at reading directions! MamaD 7 years I'll read it over once to see if I like the ingredients. Then If I make it of course I read it again! But most of the time I cook from the heart...family recipes that aren't written down and also my own recipes that are in my head! That's why I really can't share my recipes at YUM....I cook to taste and from memory. Now baking is a different story. That's chemistry.... You have to follow the recipes. rubialala 7 years I always read it once before I make it, but I read along with the recipe as I am actually making it. partysugar 7 years I always read recipe several times. I find it helps. designergirl 7 years Saturn9, Im guilty of that too. I don't know why I always seem to skip "must refrigerate for 8 hours" or something important like that. Last week I served my poor hungry boyfriend dinner at 10:30 becuase of an error like that. staceyleeroberts 7 years I try my best not to cook! When I do cook I like to try out different recipes of my own, different spices, etc. I've learned to trust my instincts and it usually turns out yummy. I could never bake w/o recipes though. rocketgirl 7 years I always read the recipe to make sure I do everything in the right order and have all the ingredients. lil-l 7 years I have to, I wouldn't want to mess it up,. Besides I have picky eaters! cageyme 7 years The first time I make a new recipe I will follow it exactly. If I like it and make it again, I usually improvise. :pepino: Random2 7 years If I've never made something before, I'll follow the recipe. If I've made it before, or it's something fairly simple, I'll do my own thing with it. Gabriela14815884 7 years I usually read through it once to see what ingredients I will need and if I have all the pots/pans needed. Then I'll read it while I cook to make sure I am doing it right.