How Do You Choose New Recipes to Try?
How do you go about deciding what new recipes you will try? Probably some will choose a photo in a magazine. Certainly a photo provides instant appeal or repulsion, but does an image present an accurate portrayal of what a dish will taste like?
Although color and appearance of food factors in, is it the controlling influence over whether you would like or dislike a particularly recipe, when you put a forkful into your mouth?
Or do you go by word of mouth? A friend or relative or a so-called food authority must predetermine what you would like or dislike in cuisine before you will try it?
It may be money plays a deciding factor. You can or cannot afford the ingredients making up the recipe. So you either modify it or avoid it, depending.
As for me, I mentally go over the combination of ingredients, playing one ingredient off the other to predetermine if I wish to try, avoid, or modify a recipe before preparing it. (Oh, and I must keep cost down!)
Color is minimal to me. Tastes dictate the avoidance of certain flavor/texture combinations in any recipe I will try. For instance, the idea of combining green beans and almonds is foreign to my thinking. Once I was served noodles with nutmeg (I had no choice, but to eat). I avoid tomatoes with potatoes, eggs, or fish. I'd much prefer a butter sauce, cheese sauce, or perhaps even a cream sauce with fish, toast or meat with eggs, and beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, or eggs with potatoes.
"Oh, look how beautiful" that food looks... Nope! Not impressed. Or, look at all those delicious bits of veggies and meat rolled up in that piece of dough... ("Here, Rover! Good boy. Enjoy!")
So I repeat, knowing you doubtless have different preferences leading to differing deciding factors, how do you determine what new recipes to try?
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