A basic list of ingredients is not copyright protected. (This is why Coca-Cola and KFC don’t share the ingredient list in their products.) That said, a writer’s expression of the list of ingredients as set forth in a recipe or a recipe collection (in a cookbook) is most often copyright protected. When a cookbook author writes a book, they have the privilege to determine their own recipe writing style. This style fits the author and communicates to the cook, consistently, what they are trying to convey in the book and recipes. On this episode of the podcast, I take a look at five cookbooks from my own collection and discuss the recipe style of the author. The goal of this episode is to share examples of recipe writing style. I also want to encourage cookbook collectors to look at the books in their collection each as a unique expression of the author. This episode may also be of interest to aspiring cookbook and recipe writers as they determine their own recipe-writing style.
Listen to Episode 11 below:
Things We Mention In This Episode:
- The Recipe Writer’s Handbook by Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and Jane L. Baker
- Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison
- A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider
- Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters by Marilyn Brass and Sheila Brass
- The Art of Mexican Cooking by Diana Kennedy
- The Joy of Cooking (1936 edition) by Irma Rombauer
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