Maureen Evans, the author, Tweets by the name of @cookbook. She has given herself the daunting task of writing actual recipes on Twitter squished down to 140 characters (including the title!). The goal is to present a viable bit of directions that might even appeal a little. You need to decipher some code. "Cvr" means cover; h2o is water. Some words even get fully spelled out. "Molasses"! I know what that is.
So her recipes go like this:
SALSA FRESCA Mexico Peel,seed 4tom; mince+¼c wtonion&cilantro/1-2jalapeno(seed for milder salsa). Toss+2T lime/s+p to taste. Yld c.
You catch those little tricks? "c" is a cup. "wtonion" is a white onion. There's a glossary in the book (and even so, I admit to still being stumped on some of the hieroglyphic terms).
I got a copy of the book because I bought it, the old-fashioned way.
I tried to win a free one by entering Tammy's contest for a giveaway. She asked readers to submit their best 140-character recipe. Groan! You know me and recipes. We have to sleep on separate floors because we quarrel.
Well, I gave it a try.
SPAGBOL Make spaghetti; make sauce. Put sauce on spaghetti.
I did not win.
(But you should see the "real" Tweet recipe for spaghetti. Jeez, almost the same as mine! Hah.)
Cranky bantered with the bookstore guy, telling him the brief absurdity of my recipe (while I blushed and kicked). It got a big laugh, and the guy suggested I could tighten it even further by abbreviating "put sauce on spaghetti" as PSOS.
But you and I know that might not work. You could end up putting the spaghetti on the sauce.
It isn't easy.