How to Create a Good Recipe Article on wikiHow

A key phrase which reflects wikiHow's mission is "highest quality". Whether you want to share a recipe that you came across the internet, created yourself, or wish to share a family recipe, you'll need the reader to understand it to make a successful dish themselves.


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    Think of a specific title. Avoid using "good", "delicious", or any personal description. Something that is appealing in taste to one person may not be to another. Describe the food or drink in its own sense, for example, "moist", "spicy", or "blended".
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    Create an introduction that will pull the reader in. Imagine yourself writing a book. Ask yourself why you're writing a recipe article. Summarize these thoughts in a brief two-to-four sentence paragraph.
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    List how much the recipe yields two lines below the introduction. It is best to use italics. A good format for this is "Yields: XYZ" or "Serves: XYZ".
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    List all of the ingredients and measurements. Ingredients are the edible items in a recipe, such as flour, milk, or cocoa. Always provide measurements for each ingredient. Because wikiHow is international, it's also always best to include U.S., imperial (British), and metric measurements. A good ingredient list includes "____ cups or ____ grams of flour", while a confusing recipe would say "Carrots". How much or many carrots? One cup? 4 carrots?
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    Break your recipe into steps using the Writer's Guide. Using verbs to tell the reader how to make the food or drink, be clear and thorough in each step. If you're using a cooking device such as an oven or stove, always include temperatures and cooking times. Drying out beef jerky needs an average of six to eight hours in a slow oven, while grilling a tortilla needs a few seconds.
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    Leave additional tips and warnings. Ask yourself if there's different flavors such as chocolate or banana that can be substituted. Can the alcoholic drink also be non-alcoholic? Is there a way to make the bread if a person doesn't have a bread maker? Can a person freeze and store the food for a later use? Is this recipe kid-friendly but still require adult supervision? Any allergic foods or ingredients in this recipe?
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    List the things a person needs. The "Things You'll Need" section provides the reader a list of non-edible items in a recipe. Examples include rolling pins, vegetable peelers, cookie cutters, cocktail shakers, and knives.
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    Source your recipe. This is very important to do if the recipe is not from you. Provide links back to either the original creator of the recipe or website. You can also source other places that you used information from.


  • Explaining in clear detail will make the reader understand and follow better. If you make the recipe, be creative and take pictures.


  • In countries like the United Kingdom, the Imperial units for volume are different than the ones in the United States. However, mass such as the ounce and pound are the same. A British gallon is 4.54609188 liters (1.2 US gal), while an American gallon is 3.78541178 liters (1.0 US gal). The gallon used in the United States is 83% of that in the United Kingdom.
  • For example, the United Kingdom does not measure things by volume, but by weight instead. A British recipe might call for 10oz (284g) flour, or 17.6oz (500g) flour. The UK uses either Imperial or metric This also applies to the rest of the world- where metric units are used- while in North America, everything is measured by volume, using Imperial or metric units.
  • Note that for most countries, the metric system is used. In America the Imperial system (with American valued gallons etc) is used, while in Britain the Imperial system (with British valued gallons etc) is used, however, over there, metric units are used increasingly (by TV chefs like Jamie Oliver).

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