Is this the worst mistake ever in a recipe?
The answer is no. Here's the e-mail I got from my friend and grammar guru, John McIntyre:
Fred Vultee at Headsup reports this delightful correction:
"A recipe for Ginger Apple Stir-Fry in the Oct. 29 Food section was missing two ingredients. Add 2 cored, sliced apples and 2 tablespoons minced gingerroot while stir-frying the vegetables."
Perhaps you could ask your readers to supply a list of the top 10 errors they have found in published recipes.
I'm not going to ask you because who can ever remember something like that?
Well, I can. And that's how I know this isn't the worst error in a published recipe ever. ...
The worst error was in a recipe from some edition of The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken. It was a recipe for Pedro's Omelet, which my husband made for me when we were newlyweds. He hadn't done much cooking, and didn't think it was odd that a recipe for an omelet for two called for six onions. But he was good at following directions.
In all the years of our marriage since, he has never had to cook another meal.
Which is why I say it's the worst mistake ever made in a published recipe.
(Photo of a ginger apple stir-fry courtesy of the U.S. Apple Organization)