I'm convinced that there are many more bad recipes than there are bad cooks. The problem is that sometimes decent cooks use bad recipes and then believe that the poor results are their fault.
When people print
recipes in cookbooks, magazines, etc. or when they post them online,
they seldom tell the pitfalls or the little tips needed to make the recipe turn out well. And, too, quite a few printed recipes contain typos!
I search for recipes that are good. Dependable. I'm not a chef. I'm a mother and grandmother who's been cooking for >45 years.
I believe that any recipe posted for the general public should be one that I can master. If not, there's something wrong with the recipe.
I post my successes and my failures, and tell what I learned when following each new recipe. I learn more from my mistakes. I don't know what that says about me.
The very best recipes are the ones that are inexpensive, delicious AND easy. And there are a lot of those.
Sometimes, I spend a little more and work a little harder for a recipe that seems to be one that will make people really happy.