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Please Review the Recipe You Are Reviewing! 
Nov. 15, 2010 10:54 am 
Updated: Dec. 18, 2011 9:23 am
Ever since I began to use AllRecipes, it has really bothered me that people will make several changes to the recipe and then give the results a bad review.  If somebody gives me directions to their house and I decide to make a left hand turn instead of a right hand turn, I don't complain because I couldn't find their house.  These reviews of recipes these people have never made drive me crazy, but I decided to hold my tongue - until now.

Today I was looking for some variations on a very simple sauce.  I usually look at recipes in order of their rating.  One in particular caught my eye because it was very basic and I had all the ingredients in my kitchen.  I read a few of the reviews but one caught my eye because it was a one-star rating in a sea of 5 star reviews.  I couldn't believe what I saw.  This recipe has three basic ingredients.  Every variation of this sauce has the same three basic ingredients with perhaps two or three others to change the flavor slightly.  This woman genius states she totally left out one of the three, cut another of the three in half, and then said it tasted terrible!  What?  That's like saying I made gravy according to my mom's recipe, but I didn't have any flour and I cut the fat in half.  HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOUR SAUCE TASTE GOOD?!?!

If you don't make the recipe, please don't write a review.  You make yourself look like a fool and all you're doing is taking up space on this website.
Nov. 15, 2010 1:29 pm
I always think (and say) the same thing when I read blogs / posts like this - take the reviews with a grain of salt. Some think they are helping by giving their two cents, others want to give their own "better" recipe, and then again there are those who don't care or who are completely oblivious to what they're typing. Just take it as it is and siphon through those that gave a "sub-par" review ;)
Nov. 15, 2010 4:11 pm
I sometimes mention if I made a change in the recipe due to a lack of ingredient and only if I don't think it has changed the overall taste dramatically. I agree that it drives you nuts when people completely alter the recipe and then can not figure out why it didn't taste right? I actually left 2/3 of a cup out of a bread recipe today (almost left the pumpkin out- now THAT would have changed the flavor!) It actually didn't seem to alter the bread at all. I gave it 5 stars.
Nov. 15, 2010 5:45 pm
I think it's great when people make changes to a recipe and give their reasons why. I rarely make any recipe without an adjustment. I just don't think you should arbitrarily make wholesale changes and then tell everyone the original recipe sucks. It's not right.
Nov. 15, 2010 5:51 pm
My problem with these people is that they are basically saying that the original recipe is bad, even though they have never made it and never tasted it.
Nov. 15, 2010 7:07 pm
I hear ya Bob. Even worse are the reviews from people who didn't make the recipe at all and give a bad review?????
Nov. 16, 2010 3:53 am
This is a real Hot Button topic at AR. I agree that the person should not rate their own version of someone elses recipe low and say that it was terrible. However, I don't mind reading about the changes a person makes becuase it gives me new ideas for new dishes. I almost never review a recipe because I change so much that I think what is the point? I consider most recipes a starting point and I often use other spices than what is stated. I can't eat anything spicey so if a recipe calls for hot sauce or red pepper flakes, I always omit them or use something like mild chili powder. By the time I finish a dish I have made it my own so there is no point in reviewing it.
Nov. 16, 2010 5:25 am
I just laugh & move on when I see a 1 star rating with a bunch of 4 & 5 star ratings. I just figure that the person can't cook and would screw up boiling water.
Nov. 16, 2010 5:35 am
I love the folks who complain about the fat or calories and did NOT make it. :(
Nov. 16, 2010 12:38 pm
Old 'N' Still Cookin' 
Nov. 16, 2010 1:01 pm
Amen, Bob!
Nov. 16, 2010 3:51 pm
It happened to me again today. I made the best asparagus soup I've ever had following a recipe to a 'T' from this website and the person who rated it before me said it 'lacked something' They made it with 1% milk and fat-free sour cream. Yeah, I guess it lacked something called flavor. It's fine if you want to turn a calorie-laden soup into something a supermodel can eat, but please expect to give up 'something' in return!
Nov. 16, 2010 5:22 pm
Bob, you couldn't have said it better!! "f somebody gives me directions to their house and I decide to make a left hand turn instead of a right hand turn, I don't complain because I couldn't find their house."
Nov. 17, 2010 6:36 pm
I agree with you here Bob! even though some of those reviews can be somewhat ridiculous, I find I tend to ignore the reviews all together now.
Nov. 17, 2010 6:36 pm
I agree with you here Bob! even though some of those reviews can be somewhat ridiculous, I find I tend to ignore the reviews all together now.
Dec. 2, 2010 3:39 pm
I agree 100%. I was just checking out a recipe and the first review gave it no stars because the "real" recipe should have alcohol in it and that recipe didn't.... Well duh, if they wanted it in their recipe it would have been in it....
Jan. 4, 2011 9:19 am
AMEN!!!...AMEN!!!!!...being an expert/gourmet cook, I could NOT agree more with you, Bob!...PREACH IT BROTHER!!!...PREACH IT!!!!!!
Apr. 17, 2011 5:54 pm
I know exactly the recipe you are posting about. If it doesn't have some kind of nut, then it can't be pesto. I loved your humorous post!
Dec. 18, 2011 9:23 am
I'm reading this because of your Asparagus soup review, Bob. I couldn't agree more, but really all I wanted to say was - please keep on reviewing! Your comments made me and my daughter laugh out loud.
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