i find if it is something i am familiar with making, eg a cake, i dont mind that there isnt a pic as i know what i am doing. but if it is something with many different finished bits eg meat, sauce, side veges etc. i do mind if there isnt a pic. good example here
BBC - Food - Recipes : Bronze, silver or gold? you work out what this will look like?! it is doable but a total mission.