Write and Test Recipes with Confidence!


The proliferation of recipes today is dizzying. They appear everywhere, from digital magazines, blogs, and e-newsletters to Instagram and TikTok. At first glance a recipe may look good – until you start to make it. Recipe writing and testing, to ensure a recipe works, is a skill. Unfortunately, many recipes are poorly written and simply don’t work. RDNs/NDTRs producing recipe content need to hone these skills, because our professional credibility is at stake. In this session, we will share the recipe writing red flags that food editors use in evaluating recipes for publication. We will then take a deep dive into recipe testing, the important but often overlooked step to ensuring the recipes you write are accurate and reproducible. Learn step-by-step guidelines that professional testers use to make sure home cooks can replicate a recipe with consistent results every time, and discover how to successfully enlist your friends and family as home cook recipe testers.

Learning Objectives

Describe the recipe writing workflow process and the unique skills required from a culinary professional for each stage

Identify the key components of a well-written recipe and one that is poorly written

Define the step-by-guidelines professional recipe testers use when testing recipes

Performance Indicators

13.2 Develops, implements and evaluates recipes and menus for food production in delivery systems

8.5 Demonstrates and applies knowledge of culinary practices, taking into consideration the needs and goals of clients/patients/population

9.3 Designs, selects and implements education strategies to meet the learning needs of individuals, groups, communities and populations


Lynn Blanchard

Test Kitchen Director

Dotdash Meredith

Raeanne Sarazen

Food Writer & Editor

Culinary and Nutrition Consulting


Sylvia Klinger

Nutrition and Culinary Consultant

Hispanic Food Communications

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