Food Editing Checklist

(added 10/15/19)

TOC

  • Page numbers accurate?
  • Claims match what is in each story.
    • We share five simple recipes… Are there five?
    • including pies, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Are each present?

 STORY OPENERS

  • Claims match what is in each story.
    • We share five simple recipes… Are there five?
    • …including pies, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.Are each present?
  • Font style, font size, and color match across the title.

 RECIPE TITLE

  • Are all of the ingredients named in the title used in the recipe?
    Creamy MapleSweet PotatoSoup with BaconCheddarCrostini
  • Make sure the recipe title font style, font size, and color match across the title.
  • Consistent use of “and” and ampersand.

 HEADER

  • Timings in header match timings in method.
  • Timings spelled out—minutes, hours
  • Timings in method order: Prep, Bake, Cool, Chill, etc.
  • Oven temperature in the header matches recipe.
  • Include “Pictured on page XX” if there is a photo of the recipe on a separate spread.

INGREDIENTS LIST (IL)

  • Listed in order of use in method.
  • Tabs align.
  • Singular and plural consistent in IL and method:
    ¼ chopped green onion; 1 cup chopped green onions
  • Page references abbreviated and ital: (tip, x)
  • If there is more than one type of sugar and/or pepper, name specific type (granulated sugar, cayenne pepper).
  • Include drained or undrained in IL. (If needed for space reasons, move to the method and italicize.)
  • Using a bay leaf? Make sure it is removed later.
  • Using an asterisk? Make sure there is a matching tip or note.
  • If IL calls for 12 ciabatta rolls, 6 pork chops, etc., be sure the recipe yield is 12 sandwiches, 6 servings, etc.
  • If an ingredient is listed as optional, be sure “if desired” is included in the method.
    If desired, stir in rum.

 METHOD

  • Steps numbered correctly.
  • All ingredients accounted for and in order of the IL.
  • Timings add up to match header information.
  • Indicate “preheat oven” at the beginning of recipe or at another appropriate point in the recipe, such as after a long chill time or after rising for bread. Don’t repeat oven temperature in baking instructions.
  • Do the math. If IL calls for eight slices of bread, the recipe should yield four sandwiches. If IL calls for 12 lasagna noodles and method adds them a few at a time, be sure all 12 are added.
  • Using an asterisk? Make sure there is a matching Tip or Note.

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS (NA)

  • In italic.
  • NA has nine numbers (including 0 amounts in SIM). Exception: If the fat amount is 0 g, don’t include sat. fat.
    X cal., X g fat (X g sat. fat), X mg chol., X mg sodium, X g carb, X g fiber, X g sugars, X g pro.
    X cal., 0 g fat, X mg chol., X mg sodium, X g carb, X g fiber, X g sugars, X g pro.
  • Used g with fat, carb., fiber, sugars and pro. Use mg with chol. and sodium.
  • Per serving or per portion (cookie, slice, loaf, tablespoon), depending on serving information in method.

INDEX

  • Confirm all page numbers in the index and those overprinted on photos.
  • Tabs align.
  • Consistent leading between each category.

GIRLFRIEND RECIPE STYLE

  • Use numbers for all ingredients, e.g., Chop 2 apples.
  • Boldface all ingredients but not the measurement or the form of the ingredient.
    • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley, 8 oz. softened cream cheese, four slices whole wheat bread

PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS

  • Each photo caption matches the name of the corresponding recipe.
  • Captions placed correctly.
  • If there is a photo, does recipe include the refer to it?

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