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A Flowchart to Figure Out If That Random Web Recipe Will Work

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All this week, we've confirmed what we always knew: that the internet can't be trusted. That calling something "the best" doesn't make it true—and that Google's #1 hits for top recipes searches (fried chicken, brownies, sweet potato fries, and so on) are a mixed bag of extraordinary, complicated, and pedestrian.

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But we all use the internet to figure out what to make for dinner! In order to separate the best great from the untrustworthy, follow this flowchart below. It was created using a variety of considerations our editors—as well as recipe developers and cookbook authors we chatted with—think about when picking a recipe online.

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Photo by Bobbi Lin; drawing by Sarah Jampel

Tell us: What are your ways for ensuring a recipe online will work out okay?


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