Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Leeky Adaptation

I've heard that for a chef to own a recipe, and not be violating copyright laws, at least one item in the ingredients must deviate from the original. This was passed on to me by my mother. I'm guessing it was something that Good Housekeeping used for recipe competitions in the 50's.

Going to the official website Article Fl122:

"Mere listings of ingredients as in recipes, formulas, compounds or prescriptions are not subject to copyright protection. However, where a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection.
Protection under the copyright law (title 17 of the United States Code, section 102) extends only to “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form (a copy). “Original” means merely that the author produced the work by his own intellectual effort, as distinguished from copying an existing work. Copyright protection may extend to a description, explanation, or illustration, assuming that the requirements of the copyright law are met.
To register the directions or instructions of a recipe or cookbook, send the following three elements in the same envelope or package to the Library of Congress, Copyright Office, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20559-6000.

1. A completed application Form TX;
2. A nonrefundable filing fee (Current Fees)
3. A nonreturnable deposit of the work. The deposit requirements depend on whether the work has been published at the time of registration..."

Nothing in there about the number of items one needs to change in order for this to be copy written. So, I guess I can start publishing recipes as my long as there is commentary around it?

That said, I'm taking the recipe from my previous "Artists make the Best Chefs" entry and sharing my most recent adaptation. Moving forward the name of the recipe will now be:

Penne con Gamberi, Asparagi e Porri
or GAP Penne

1/4 c. olive oil
Zest of 1 orange
2 garlic cloves minced
4 leeks, white part only, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. fresh chives
2 tbs dry white wine (or leftover champagne from Sunday Brunch!)
2 tbs. butter
1/2 lb. whole wheat penne
3/4 lb. pre cooked shrimp
Fresh grated parmigiano reggiano cheese

In a saute pan, combine zest, garlic leeks, salt/pepper and simmer 4-6 minutes covered. Slice 1/2 asparagus into 1 1/2 inch lengths. Add to saute pan. Also, add chives, wine, and butter and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add remaining asparagus to a 2 qt. saucepan or small stock pot of boiling water. Cook pasta with remaining asparagus. Rinse and drain shrimp then toss in sauce to heat thoroughly. Do not cook shrimp to long or it will get chewy. Drain pasta while reserving 1/2 c. of liquid. Remove overcooked asparagus from the colander and discard. Return pasta to the empty pot and add asparagus leek sauce & reserved liquid. Toss to combine. Top with cheese and serve. Serves 4.

The orange zest, champagne and the shrimp made this dish a beautiful combination of colors, textures and flavors.

“Glass City Gourmet” is a chronicle of one woman's attempt to cook, eat, diet and entertain with both flair and whimsy while based in Toledo, Ohio. I encourage you to read on as the "Glass City Gourmet" attempts grand recipes, samples locally owned restaurants, visits indigenous markets and humbly pursues her quest to be formally recognized as the official "Glass City Gourmet".

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