“It is ludicrous to read the microwave directions on the boxes of food you buy, as each one will have a disclaimer: 'THIS WILL VARY WITH YOUR MICROWAVE.' Loosely translated, this means, 'You’re on your own, Bernice.'”
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)
“When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.”
“Cut round on the top near to the outer edge with a chisel and hammer.”
Directions on a can of roast veal, 1824
“The corned beef is exquisitely done, and as tender as a young lady's heart, all owing to my skilful cookery; for I consulted Mrs. Hale (Sarah Hale's cookbook) at every step, and precisely followed her directions. To say the truth, I look upon it as such a masterpiece in its way, that it seems irreverential to eat it. Things on which so much thought and labor are bestowed should surely be immortal.....”
While Mrs. Hawthorne was away. (1844)
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