Recipe blogging ethics - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 6 Old 06-27-2008, 03:58 PM - Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: the Circle K
Posts: 6,047
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So lets say that I have a recipe that I minorly altered from another recipe (in a book or web or whatever) and I want to post that recipe on a blog because it is the best recipe ever, what is the etiquette? I looked on the googlez and it seems that the list of ingredients isn't copyrighted but the write up of the preparation is. It seems that the proper thing to do is write down the ingredients, write up my own prep howto and credit the place I got the recipe.

What do you think/do?
lalaland42 is offline  
#2 of 6 Old 06-27-2008, 05:41 PM
white_queen_22's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Your plan sounds like a good one. Especially since you took a recipe and adapted it. You could be sure to say something like "THis recipe is adapted from the 'beefy chili stew' in such-and-such a book by so-and-so."

Angela <><
white_queen_22 is offline  
#3 of 6 Old 06-27-2008, 07:42 PM
icxcnika's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 878
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Exactly. I have heard the same thing (that it's okay to duplicate the ingredients list, but that the instructions need to be put into your own words). I generally do what Angela suggested and mention where the recipe came from (book, magazine, website, author, etc.) and mention how I've adapted it (whole wheat flour, different spices, and so on).
icxcnika is offline  
#4 of 6 Old 06-28-2008, 09:56 PM
Smokering's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 8,610
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I've put a few recipes online which I altered (fairly significantly--streamlined method, tweaked a few ingredients etc). I wouldn't consider it ethical to put the same recipe up with the instructions just rewritten (ie. changing 'Sift together flour and cocoa' to 'In a large bowl, sieve the dry ingredients together'). That seems very dodgy, even if it's legal--you haven't created anything, just paraphrased. Of course, I guess selling the recipe as an article is different from putting it on a personal, non-money-making blog; in the latter case I guess it'd be OK, as long as you prefaced it with something like 'Wow, I just tried Alison Holst's Neenish Tarts recipe', with a hyperlink to her site/cookbook.

I dunno, murky waters!

If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.

Smokering is offline  
#5 of 6 Old 06-29-2008, 01:57 AM - Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: the Circle K
Posts: 6,047
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
See, it seemed a little dodgy to me but in all cases I altered at least one ingredient. Sometimes I changed some of the oil for ground flaxseed or changed the presentation (involved figuring out cooking times for mini-muffins rather than loaf), that sort of stuff. Basically I started blogging what I am feeding DD to keep me out of the same old-same old rut. I don't plan to make money at it, it is just for fun and accountability. I do plan to cite any recipes that aren't significantly my own but I wondered about posting the changed versions. KWIM?

Here is an article I was reading for info on copyright law in the US that pertains to articles.
lalaland42 is offline  
#6 of 6 Old 06-29-2008, 08:46 AM
BelovedK's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: wandering around.... with an aim.
Posts: 16,877
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
maybe I am wrong, but I use recipes for ideas, I change them extensively. Maybe in another part of the blog I would list the books that influenced me, but if I alter the recipe ALOT, then it is mine. I may be wrong though

                                Whatever will be, already is...
BelovedK is offline  

Quick Reply
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off