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Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 8:26 AM

We aren't all that happy when TV food shows or unoriginal journalists use Roadfood as an (uncredited) source for material, but hey, we don't own the rights to document the restaurant -- and besides, we are happy to see the places get the credit they deserve. But what about recipes? Philip Bardin, whisking above, made the Old Post Office on Edisto Island, SC, one of the great destination eateries of our time. Philip moved on, but the Old Post Office menu remains mostly his, including many dishes that quite literally bear his name and such unique delights as firecracker flounder. No, you can't copyright a recipe (only the way it is written), but we just want to acknowledge Philip's importance as the kitchen's original creator and the man who put this restaurant on the map. (And there never has been a more hospitable host!)


Why didn't,doesn't the host write a book of recipes?
Posted by Ralphbear on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 12:54 PM

He did!
Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 1:05 PM

Couldn't he then 'Copyright' published material?
Posted by Ralphbear on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 5:31 PM

When I complain to a publisher that someone has "borrowed" a recipe I have written, the legal eagles of the publishing house tell me that a recipe cannot be copyrighted. You can copyright the way it is written -- how the ingredients are listed, exact directions, etc. -- but anyone can rearrange those things and reword them enough to avoid culpability.
Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 6:32 PM

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