Cynthia Graubart, co-author with Nathalie Dupree of "Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking," offers this example from her own Atlanta kitchen:
"My son - who likes to cook - was home (from college) and he tried one of our biscuit recipes while we were working on the book," Graubart recalled. "He was about to put them in the oven when Nathalie noticed all this dough left on the board."
He said, "The recipe said 'makes 12 biscuits,' so I made 12 biscuits."
Most experienced cooks would roll out that extra dough into another biscuit or two, Graubart noted.
"It really brought home to us how careful we had to be with language," she said. "People read 'cut in butter,' and they use scissors."
(A pastry blender or two knives are the preferred tools.)
Dupree and Graubart will demonstrate biscuit making at 3 p.m. April 3 during a visit to American River College, 4700 College Oak Blvd., Sacramento. Open to the public, the free demonstration will be held in the culinary lab (Room 505).
That's next door to the Oak Cafe, where the co-authors will sign copies of their new cookbook starting at 11:30 a.m. that same day. During the signing, the restaurant will serve two seatings of a special lunch featuring recipes from the book. For reservations, call (916) 484-8526.
For more about "Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking," recipe testing and a great gumbo, see http://bit.ly/103mM8L