I'm having a bit of a problem with the whole copyright thing - conscience and all, little angel vs. little devil on my shoulder - and realize I should take a stand as Heidi has done. While I see that a lot of the fun about keeping up with the various food blogs around here is getting some new, actual recipes in ones book, to me it's just as much about being inspired and awe-struck about the imagination, talents or cookbook collection of others.
As it is, I'm the proud owner of a decent amount of books myself, some of them the regular, popular ones (Nigella, Jamie Oliver etc.) a couple of fancy ones (French Laundry for one - a book I absolutely ADORE by the way!) - and of course, a vast collection of Danish ones, none of them translated, I think... The thing is this: when a recipe is in a cookbook, and is copied into a blog, step by step - I guess that's not actually allowed to do, is it? Would it be enough to just write where it is from, copyright him/her?
And what do I do when I've tinkered with a recipe/several recipes to the point where you could hardly tell what was theirs and what was mine? A tart dough from that book, but with whole wheat flour instead of wheat, the filling from the recipe in the magazine I bought the other day..., the egg-mixture substituted with a bit of cream and creme fraiche, 'cause hey, I was out of eggs...
As well, I should think that posting a recipe or two from a particular book could probably make way for a sale of the book - I know that reading the before mentioned Heidi's blog, as well as others, has put an extra book or two on my amazon wish list, even all the way to the shopping basket! Is it all just really simple and am I the only one mixed up here? I've seen so many different takes on it around here, so I'd really like to hear your oppinion on this one... Ball's in your court!