Boiling Recipes Down to a Tweet
In the world of 140 characters or less, the recipe is getting a serious do-over. It’s the raison d’etre for Twitter.com/cookbook, the shrunken down recipe page of the very pro-twitter-lific Maureen Evans, who’s based in Belfast, Ireland.
Even for people who edit and write recipes for a living, recipe condensation is an art; here’s my feeble attempt last week, which went well over the Tweet limit:
@Jeters Red lentils in a pot w hunk of ginger & cinnamon stick. Cook for about 25 min.
@Jeters Cook up pot of rice. cook thinly sliced onions w cumin, coriander, salt. Remove from skillet. Add oil, then saute kale w/ garlic.
Chip Brantley and his kitchen crew at Cookthink have issued a challenge to aspiring micro recipe writers: Submit yours
here and “We’ll send a book of macro recipes to the person who submits our favorite.”
Meanwhile, how does all this shorthand affect recipe form, function or readability? Is there a role for shrinky-dink recipes, or is it a language you'd rather not learn? Weigh in, and if you're game, see what you can cook up in 140 characters or less.
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