I have a question to pose readers this week.
I make a living (or rather am working hard at building a living) from my recipes both food and home art. Creation of good to eat victuals and healthy home products from heritage and/or natural ingredients are a passion for me. It is so thrilling when someone asks for a recipe or how to make a specific soap. What is the saying?
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” (FYI: Charles Caleb Colton originated this in early 1800’s)
But truthfully, it is conflicting. When it is a recipe printed in a cookbook I have, originated in recent times, it seems right to share it. The requester could likely look it up (on the ‘net usually) and by sharing, I enjoy helping that person. Is it right to share out of a cookbook? Is it a disservice to the author of the cookbook?
Here’s were it gets personal. When it is a recipe I have invested a lot of time and resources (failed attempts, come to mind 😉 …my apologies to husband John who has to eat the …umm…less than stellar results). It is a unique recipe and customers are willing to purchase the product I have developed, how should I respond? Is it constructive or detrimental?
After all, I love to be helpful and see the many wonderful people in my days happy.
So I query you. Out of curiosity. Out of a desire to learn and grow.
What is the appropriate response? Many of you are incredible chefs and cookbook authors. I’m just … me.
Your comments are most welcome!!