Australian publisher Murdoch Books, recently released two Bill Granger “best of” collections. The problem is, Bill Granger says they were produced without his permission. Murdoch says they are using Granger’s recipes under a licensing agreement and that they have been paying him royalties on the new “best of” books.
Granger’s grudge is that “each individual recipe is the result of an application of independent skill and labor, and therefore able to be copyrighted in the same way as any work of literature, photography or painting.” And, that a “collection of recipes itself is a separate, distinct work of art.”
I say, “Equal rights for the cookbook as an art form! Any cookbook is a work of literature and should be treated as such.”