Jessica Seinfeld: What's the Deal with Stealing Recipes?

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Jessica Seinfeld is the proud author behind "Deceptively Delicious," a cook book about hiding healthy ingredients in foods children will eat; it's the top-selling book in the country right now.

But is it also the most immoral?

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Rumors are circulating that Jerry Seinfeld's wife stole the content for this tome the same way Minka Kelly steals glances from every man in her vicinity.

See, chef and baby-products mogul Missy Chase Lapine came out in April with a book, "The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals."

Sounds similar, doesn't it? Now consider this fact:

Lapine baked spinach brownies with Al Roker on the "Today" show a few months ago; Seinfeld shared her spinach brownies with Oprah on her talk show last week.

Need more evidence that Jessica may be following in the dishonest footsteps of George Costanza?

She writes about having an epiphany that, "While I was cooking dinner, pureeing butternut squash for the baby and making mac and cheese for the rest of us, I had the crazy idea of stirring a little of the puree into the macaroni. ... The colors matched -you couldn't really see the squash in there -and the texture was perfect."

But in his book, Lapine opines: "If you want to hide something in macaroni and cheese, you have to match the color of the dish. You could easily introduce white bean puree in the mac and cheese."

We're not gonna come right out and accuse Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld of knowingly ganking recipes and content. But, to borrow one of many classic Seinfeld quotes, we are gonna tell her the stealing store called...

... and they're running out of her!

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In response to "Nobody", ALL books are covered by copyright & infringement laws and plagiarism. The plagiarism is in the ideas, the cover artwork & the wording. It's far too similar.

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I don't have a problem with hiding vegetables in other foods to get the kids to eat healthier as long as they are still introduced directly to vegetables. If they're not then they won't ever choose them on their own since mom won't be sneaking them in when they're adults.
As far as plagiarism, I do believe Jessica copied from the others book. She hides behind her husband & Oprah never would have thought that Jerry's wife would do such a thing. Everything from the cover art (hiding carrots behind her back & winking) to the recipes are almost identical. I hope the other author wins the suit or receives one heck of a settlement. I'll bet Oprah is thinking "darn, how could I let this happen again"!

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This is rediculous. Not only is it plagiarism, but its a book that advocates lying to and deceiving your children. But on the "idea stealing" part, i read that oprah winfrey had seinfeld on to promote her book. However, winfrey also had on James Frey, the author of "a million little pieces" to humiliate him about his quasi-true story (which was also a great read) after promoting and defending the booka few weeks earlier. That said, should she not now be doing the same with seinfeld, is this not a similar incident? Seinfeld is putting her name on ideas that she claims are her own, which are clearly not her at all. In addition, unlike the Frey novel, this book, as I stated earlier, is not only useless but dangerous. Is seinfeld going to escape the "wrath of oprah" because of her celebrity status (or should I say "married to a celeb" status), and her husbands powerful pull in hollywood? Where's the justice...

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I could be wrong, but recipes are not covered by copyright. Since lawsuits are America's greatest pastime after baseball, I'll bet there will be some sort of settlement....

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