Recipe Development 101

recipe development

We all know that in today’s world, cooking, cookbooks and food blogging can mean big business. Every great chef will tell you one thing – it takes trial and error to create a new dish of any kind. Whether you inherited family recipes or like creating your own, recipe development can be both fun and challenging for a cook of any calibre. Women have passed down recipes to younger generations by showing them how to prepare food. It was only when literacy became widespread over the past 200 years that’s how recipe writing began.

So What is a Recipe Development?

Recipe Development is the kind of work that the cookbook author puts into publishing their cookbooks or a food writer puts into writing for their blog or others. It’s taking raw ingredients in their basic form and creating a dish around them. It’s putting together foods with certain spices or herbs and cooking them a particular way. It’s then testing the recipe, possibly altering it or changing it, and testing again. Ensuring that recipe work is essential to the success of any food business.

Getting Started

If you don’t know how to create a recipe from scratch just yet, take inspiration from an original, make changes to it and see how it goes. Always make sure you write the recipe directions in your own words along with the other changes you make. Make an ingredients list, by law, a list of ingredients alone cannot be copyrighted. So that’s the good news for some. An easy place to start is by looking at the main protein or vegetables in the dish. Can the beef be swapped for chicken or lamb? Could you use kale instead of spinach?

List the utensils you are using. They could be different or the same when you are working on the basis of the original recipe.

Cooking Method

Try changing the cooking method. Think if you could grill the meat or roast the veg instead of boiling, baking or frying, for example.


Make sure you describe the best possible presentation for this dish. After all, if someone cooked your dish and it looked great, they would want to make it! Presentation is also crucial for the pics that will probably end up in a book, on a blog and/or across social media channels.

Follow these tips and you’re sure to craft a recipe that’s all your own.

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