Public Editor

Journalistic concerns apply even to recipes

A reader pointed out two little words that made a recipe published in The Star confusing. And it illustrates a larger point.

A recipe for Chipotle Chicken Tacos, which ran in this week’s Chow Town food section in print, contains this line:

“1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken, see tips”

The problem, as a reader pointed out via email, is that there were no tips included.

I reached out to the authors, who are not Star staff members, and they told me the full recipe referred to a suggestion to use precooked chicken, and includes two general-purpose methods for cooking the chicken yourself. The “see tips” should have just been edited out in the print edition, where there wasn’t room to run the tips. Since space isn’t an issue online, I have added them to the recipe there.

This one doesn’t rise to the level of requiring a correction in the paper, but it’s a reminder that when The Star publishes a recipe, many people will use their hard-earned cash to buy ingredients to prepare it. It’s a real responsibility to make sure those recipes work.