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By Yewande Komolafe

A recipe is not an obligation; it is an opportunity for creativity and exploration. To follow a recipe is to acknowledge its intention, but a recipe also allows us the freedom to collaborate—to substitute ingredients, to sneak something in or leave something out. Following a recipe is a dialogue across time and space.

Testing a recipe is about ensuring that the path to the end result is as precise as possible, changing only factors that might affect its consistency when prepared in a home kitchen. Recipe testing is about ratios, weights, and measures. It’s also about converting the unruly nature of ingredients, heat, intensity, and patience (or a lack thereof) into something that produces an identical outcome—regardless of the size of your oven, the shape of your pan, the humidity hanging in the kitchen, or the chill of the wind seeping in through the window over the sink.