Is Pureeing Food Really "Cooking"? Judge Says No

Kim Conte

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Remember when Sneaky Chef Missy Chase Lapine sued Jessica Seinfeld for ripping off her pureed vegetables recipes and publishing them in Deceptively Delicious?

Well, Lapine has taken her case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, where a judge had some harsh words for the kids' cookbook author ...


According to the New York Daily News, the appellate judge questioned whether hiding pureed vegetables in kids' food was really a novel idea:

"You make purees and put them in these recipes? That's it?" asked Judge Reena Raggi. "I don't think one needs much cooking expertise to know this."


Why so snarky, Judge Raggi?

Now, if what you're saying is that you can't legally lay claim to a concept that so many people already do -- pureeing vegetables and hiding them in food -- then okay: I never thought Lapine had much of a case anyway.

But questioning her  "cooking expertise" sounds, well, elitist. Just because this woman has found a creative outlet through the simple act of pureeing and wants to protect her creativity from being ripped off doesn't mean her cooking ability should be up for attack. To me, this insinuates that only advanced experts should be allowed to write cookbooks and copyright their work. I think it's inevitable that Lapine's case will be dismissed (and for good reason), and still I find this statement offensive.

Do you find this statement offensive? Or do agree with the judge?

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