To all those who try to follow written recipes:
If a recipe lists an ingredient already prepped (e.g., 3 tablespoons butter, melted) and then in the directions says "Melt the 3 tablespoons butter," what is your reaction? Are you confused? Thrilled that there's a double-check? Bored?
I ask because I'm proofing a cookbook for people who can't cook, that purports to walk the reader through everything, simply and clearly. The content editor thinks it add "clarity" to repeat what already should have been done. The copy editor, production editor, and I all think it's confusing to do what I quote above.