There are thousands of examples of "cook a recipe" on the web, including the NY Times, cooking sites, cooking texts, etc.Hmmm... "Cook a recipe" doesn't sound quite right to my ears.
Or maybe because he doesn't know that "cook a recipe" is also used in many contexts, including:Maybe because some recipes aren't cooked at all.
Ici, j'aurais dit : quand je fais/quand je leur sers mon (fameux, délicieux, etc.) poulet aux olives... L'ajout de recette en début de phrase me semble superflu.[...] Quand je fais ma recette de poulet aux olives, les invités se régalent, mais ils savent que je n'ai pas créé cette recette. Souvent ils m'en demandent une copie pour la faire à leur tour.
That's were we disagree. Faire is too vague. Just as you wouldn't say make/do everywhere... we wouldn't in French either. At least I wouldn't.[...] Faire is so general it fits all situations. Ask for examples and you get (as above) a lot of different usages.
Not necessarily, a recipe need not have any material form at all. It is in its essence a list of ingredients along with the description of how to prepare them.A recipe is the piece of paper (or book) from which you work when cooking.
Granted, I also would be more likely to say "half a batch" than "half a recipe". But made a double recipe (as in I doubled the ingredients)[...] However I wouldn't say I made half a recipe or I only made half a recipe [...] and thus only make half a batch of muffins.