Recipe for communication

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

If you have ever read recipes from previous generations, you may have encountered a dilemma that was common: the language of non-standardized measurement - some flour, enough milk, sufficient salt - how confusing! How much do I need?

Older recipes, such as those before the late 1800s, used measurements that were imprecise, often made by eye, by hand, by intuition; a pinch, a dash, a fistful or handful, etc., were common.

People usually learned how to cook by watching someone else. This is why very old recipes often seem incomplete; most were intended to be used as a guide rather than as actual instructions.

These old recipes remind me of how some people communicate: without including specific details, poor communication can lead to confusion, misunderstandings, or problems. The clearer you are when sharing news, information, and ideas in any language will produce a positive result, just like with a good recipe.

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