Jessica Seinfeld’s recipes are all hers, a federal judge has ruled.
The wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld did not copy from another author in her cookbook about sneaking vegetables into children’s food, as alleged in a copyright infringement case brought by a competing author, Missy Chase Lapine.
Lapine said she had twice submitted a book proposal about sneaking healthy foods into children’s meals to HarperCollins, and was twice rejected.
An imprint of Perseus Books finally published The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals in April 2007.
Five months later, HarperCollins published Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.
A judge says Jessica Seinfeld did not bogart any recipes.
Missy Chase Lapine then brought a case against Jessica Seinfeld, accusing her of copyright infringement, trademark violations and unfair competition.
Although the judge found some similarities, she said that “no reasonable fact finder could conclude” that the books “have the same aesthetic appeal.”
“Lapine’s cookbook is a dry, rather text-heavy work,” Judge Laura Taylor Swain of Federal District Court wrote in her review, while Mrs. Seinfeld’s “cookbook has a completely different feel and appears to be directed to a different audience.”
In other Seinfeld news, Jerry and his former co-stars will soon be reuniting – and producing great Curb Your Enthusiasm quotes – on Larry David’s HBO hit.