Say you’re cooking from a colossal cookbook. What if it’s got an energetic spine, closing shut without your consent? Awful. Better weigh it down properly. A computer? Make sure you’ve got it near your kitchen, and careful—it’d be a shame if you were to spill some corruptive solvent on it. Printing out a recipe? That’s a real waste of paper.
How arduous. Over the weekend, a tweet from food writer Adam Erace was thrust into my feed; in it, he presented a surefire way to skirt the small, fussy inconveniences of cooking basic, go-to recipes. All you need is a phone. His secret? Circumvent the hardship at all and store those go-to recipes and ratios as contacts.
Cook tip: So I don't have to Google every time, I store basic recipes and ratios as contacts in my phone pic.twitter.com/FUcEv1BYBT
A fine recommendation from Erace. This certainly beats having to scour the mobile web for a recipe; you'll skip many steps, and there's no internet connection necessary. Contacts are much harder to delete than, say, notes or text messages. As the folks at Lifehacker point out, Erace's method makes it quite easy to summon Siri to recite those cooking instructions at your command. Give it a whirl. It’s a nice trick.
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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.