Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Recipe Attribution Policy

I've been thinking a lot about recipes and appropriate attribution (source citation). I plan to someday publish a tea cookbook of my own - and so I am sensitive to using others' recipes without proper attribution. I've also been doing some research. Here is the best summary I've found.

Here is my Recipe Attribution Policy, based on how I would like others to treat me:

  • I won't publish the recipes from newly released magazines or cookbooks without direct permission from the author. This is, after all, a part of people's livelihood and I don't want to interfere with sales.

  • For recipes that come from sources that are not new, I will attribute the source. For example, if I am using a recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook, I will say so. If I've altered that recipe slightly, I will say so (or say "inspired by" or something similar).

  • For recipes that are my own, I will not provide a citation.

Does this policy make sense to you? I'd like to hear your thoughts. Thank you!

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Teresa's New Life said...

Sounds okay to me. I've thought the same thing before and wondered how I would publish without infringing on someone elses recipe. Sometimes I just copy them down and have no idea where they originated. I know there are so many similiar recipes that even if it were my very own, it might be almost the exact same as someone else.
I say go for it!

CalvaryGirl said...

Sounds good to me! This topic has always puzzled me, like the above commenter mentioned- even if you make something up yourself- how do you know it doesn't exist somewhere else?

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Melanie said...

Sounds reasonable to me. I read a few food blogs (like this fabulous one:, and she (herself a cookbook publisher) usually says "adapted from..." and then gives the source of her inspiration.

Marilyn Miller said...

Sounds good to me. I like the suggestion Melanie had of "adapted from". I have thought of the same things.

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Anonymous said...

That sounds fair and appropriate!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are doing this. You are a role model!

Linda Jennings said...

Sounds reasonable to me. This has always been a subject I have wondered about. We all have favorite recipes and after using them, often forget where they originated. I look forward to your finished recipe book.

Allison said...

I have been thinking about this lately too. Thank you for the info. I agree with your policy- it makes sense to me!