How many changes do I need to make to a recipe to make it my own? Or is it that if I can write out a recipe from memory than I can call it mine?
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I definitely don't think you can call a recipe yours only if you can write it out from memory. Any more than you can claim to have written a Shakesperean sonnet because you memorized it in high school. Dianne Jacobs has a blog, Will Write For Food, that occasionally discusses the ethics of food blogging and recipe writing. She interviewed Amanda Hesser about this subject about a year ago. Here's a link to the interview: http://diannej.com/blog...
My personal opinion is that you have to put your own twist on a recipe, and if you started from somewhere else (another person's recipe, a cookbook, a yellowed piece of paper that has your grandmother's handwriting on it), you should honor that by saying where it came from. Nothing wrong with adapting--even slightly-- but give credit where credit is due.
Dr. Babs, what a great resource that link is and well-thought-out response. Thanks!
I would say drabs nailed it.
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I also agree with drbabs. Also take a look at food52's ideas about what constitutes an "acceptably inspired recipe": http://www.food52.com/home.... (Scroll down.)
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