Re: Need help with this phrasing
I do have a problem with the logic. Unless the recipe is written on chocoate parchment (something not invented yet, but should be!), the recipe is not tasty.
Sure if you are comparing one recipe to another, you can say one is tastier than the other, referring to the food you make from the recipe.
But it doesn't make sense to me to compare the food to a recipe, unless you add something else, like "than the recipe led to believe" or "than the recipe made it sound."
(Yes, the latter is not logical either, since a silent recipe doesn't sound like anything, but that sounded natural to me.)
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.