I simply do not have room on my counter to have the cookbook there to follow the recipe. So if it is a dish I am not familiar with, I make a copy of it on my printer and use my little recipe clip to hold it. If I don't have all the ingredients, I try to remember what I can use it place of it. Or I use the recipe to make it my own. But for me, if the ingredient list has 15 or more ingredients, that is a deal breaker for me. That recipe will never get made in my kitchen. Sometimes a recipe will have ingredients that I never use. Like anything hot. Whether it be a sauce or peppers. I don't do hot foods. My innards thank me for that rule. The Pirate and Spike love hot foods. So they can add their own hot sauce.