A large study has found that some of the world’s most popular cookbooks are giving unsafe cooking instructions or not telling its readers how long to cook meat for.
Researchers from North Carolina State University analysed almost 1,500 recipes from 29 cookbooks and found that only 123 recipes explicitly stated what temperature to cook meat at.
The study found that cookbooks are therefore increasing the chance of food-related illnesses.
Chicken, for example, should be cooked at 165 degrees fahrenheit, but many cookbooks simply state how long meat should be cooked for, and not at what temperature.
Researchers say that this is potentially harmful for readers as how long meat should be cooked for is dependent on the size of the meat, the dish and how cold it was before it was put in the oven.
With 500,000 people in the UK being poisoned by food each year, Buzz asked students at Bournemouth University if they would take greater care when reading cook books.