Atlantic Monthly food columnist Corby Kummer posits an interesting question in his article in the October '08 issue. The general question is "Are recipes intellectual property?" and dealing specifically with what happens when bakers break up and who gets custody of the recipes. Two New York bakers are the studies, Jim Lahey of Sullivan St Bakery, and Monica Von Thun Calderón of Grandaisy Bakery. My opinion is there are no original ideas but when someone "borrows" a recipe without permission and/or credit, then that's when things could get sticky. Kummer's aricle is very interesting, um, food for thought.
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