Licensing fees for recipes

Rule #1 for food writers: You can’t copyright a recipe.

Until now. There’s a chef in Chicago who has already filed 12 applications for patents, including one for making cotton-candy paper. Others in the culinary world are looking at copyright, and their lawyers are writing proposals to let chefs own their new dishes the way composers own their songs. Will we be paying licensing fees for recipes?

Go read the column in Food & Wine.


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In culinary school and getting ready to trade the writing life for the cooking life. Or not. Might do both. At the moment I'm a feature writer for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. My name is Pat Carroll.

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