Thursday, October 27, 2005
The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker, Part 2: The Baker
Cookbooks and Recipes are a unique case in copyright law, since lists of ingredients can't be copyrighted. So, any recipe is fair game as long as you completely re-write the directions.
However, a quick recipe for content might contain Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats, by Miss Leslie , Ice Creams, Water Ices, Frozen Puddings Together with Refreshments for all Social Affairs and Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes and Home Made Candy Recipes from Project Gutenberg.
Also on Gutenberg are a few volumes from "The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences", namely Essentials of Cookery; Cereals; Bread; Hot Breads and Salads and Sandwiches; Cold and Frozen Desserts; Cakes, Cookies and Puddings; Pastries and Pies
You'll find many, many cookbooks in the public domain in bookstores as well, It appears that few cookbooks had their copyrights renewed.
Old cookbooks can get pricey, as cookbook collectors drive up the prices. On the up side, that also means that once you've made your scans, if you're careful not to do any damage to the book, you can probably make a profit by selling the original on Ebay.
If you have any gaps you want to fill in your recipe collection, a FANTASTIC source is old newspaper archives. The largest searchable collection online is at NewspaperArchive.com. There is a fee for access, but it's very reasonable for such a huge and wonderful resource that can serve so many purposes.
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