Why the AP Style Guide is Wrong and the Oxford Comma is Right

“These early recipes were dominated by a remarkably vigorous community–the equivalent of today’s ‘power users’–with frequent contributions from readers such as Aunt Addie, Mollie and Bob the Sea Cook.”

-Amanda Hesser in “Recipe Redux: The Community Cookbook” in The New York Times Magazine (10/10/10)

5 Comments

  1. Posted October 12, 2010 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    HAH! Mollie and Bob the Sea Cook!

    He had two heads…

  2. adrienne
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    You know, it’s really no wonder newspapers are going out of business with this kind of confusion going on.

  3. Patty
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I collect community cookbooks and have some very, ahem, interesting recipes from the very early ones. It seems our ancestors consumed large quantities of lard and prunes. I recently came across a recipe for a meatless meatloaf made out of steamed carrots from a cookbook published in Clarkson during WWI. God help me, it sounded pretty good!

  4. momster
    Posted October 13, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    That meatless meatloaf with the carrots sounds very interesting:-]I wish you had included it!

  5. Posted October 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    The Wikipedia article about this is quite funny:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma

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