I saw a great quote the other day: "Reading recipes is like reading science fiction. I get to the end and say, 'Well, that's not going to happen.'"
I learned the pinch/dab method from my mother. Both Mom and her mom were great gourmet cooks and I am a wonderful cook to a point. But there are some recipes that simply don't interest me. You know the kind I mean: They have 10 ingredients or more, and at least one of the ingredients is something that you have to travel to the next city to find. I will not take that challenge. If I want something that fancy, I'll find a 5-star chef.