After Melissa's dust up with Cook's Illustrated/ Cook's Country, I thought it might be a good idea to put a code of ethics on my blog, so you know where I stand. These are rules I have tried to set for myself so you and I could respect me in the morning. These rules will probably change as I and this blog grows and evolves. If I could be presumptuous, I do have two favors to ask of you.
1. Call me out if you see me screw up. I will try to fix whatever problems come about. My email is on the top right hand corner of my blog under Contact Me. I am open to a good discussion and criticism. It was because of phillygirl64's comment I decided to do this post. She and a few others have some good view points that need to be discussed about credit and attributions. It might be boring but it gives everybody the chance to see where I stand. Look at how egotistical I am, like you care where I stand.
2. If you have a food blog, try to set up an email account for your blog. I think if more people did that, bloggers would have a way of contacting you asking if it's alright to post your recipe. Maybe then people won't poach recipes as much because you or I feel available. Also, if that book publisher/magazine editor wants you to contact you, he or she can!
ECM's Ethics So You'll Respect Her In The Morning:
1. You Tube or websites that have embedding codes to share: I feel this is fair game. Eric Ripert's Avic Eric clearly has an embedding code on his videos. If he didn't want you to copy and embed it to your blog he wouldn't put it the codes on his blog for sharing. If he or anybody else asks for me to take their videos down from my blog, I will do so promptly and with apologies.
2. Recipes From Other Bloggers: I will try to get permission by emailing them or commenting on their blog. I have posted two recipes from Pioneer Woman (The French Breakfast Puffs and Hot Crash Potatoes) and I have tried e-mailing her for permission. By her own admission, she doesn't answer many e-mails. In the future, if I don't get permission. I won't post the recipe. I will link back to that particular post on their site but if I did make any modifications I will post those on my own blog. If they ask me to take down a link, I will do so within reason.
3. Recipes From Cookbooks or Magazines: I will do what I was taught in school. Make sure to give proper credit to the author. Here are the two things I have been doing. I haven't settled on one particular method and your input would be helpful here.
The Cut and Paste Method. I'm referring to people who post recipes verbatim. While I'm not cutting and pasting (you are talking to the mom and student who has NEVER purchased Cliff Notes because that's cheating) what I mean is typing a recipe verbatim, then adding my modifications, somewhere in the recipe by using different color type or asterisk. I like this method because you can see what I have changed to suit my taste but yet gives you the freedom to use the original recipe or at the very least the original thought process of that chef or author. Remember when I listed 'trust your gut' as one of those rules to live by. This is the rule my gut tells me to go with.
The Inspired By Method: Still gives credit to the author but uses their recipe as a guideline only. How many things I modify, is up for debate. There are no clear laws/rules/guidelines anywhere for this type of thing.
The only problem I have with the Inspired By method is baking recipes. Baking recipes are so exact that you almost have to copy them verbatim because if you don't, your recipes doesn't turn out. This is my personal Catch-22.
4. Pictures: most pictures I post are my own. If I pull a picture from Google Images, I will try to make sure to link back to the site I pulled it from or give credit. This one is going to be the hardest to remember because I don't pull pictures from other sources often.
On a personal note, I have only done one, what some would call, restaurant review. My feeling is that if you are a mom and pop place and I like your food, I might talk about it but if I don't like it, I'm not going to slander that restaurant unless I saw something so egregious that I absolutely had to blog about it. Like cockroaches on the table and even then I didn't blog about it! Chain restaurants I don't have a opinion on. I lied, I do (mostly bad) but when and if I post on those things is a whole can of worms I'll get to on a later date.
I don't think I ever said this because I'm not good at this type of thing and I don't want it to sound false but thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to either leave a comment or a private e-mail. I think in the last day or two people have shown that bloggers do have a voice and even though we don't see each other face to face we are people that will stick up for, root for, and support each other.
Let me know if I have forgotten something that you feel needs to be addressed. Sometime this weekend I will be posting an actual recipe and some other plans that I have up my sleeve that I need some input on.
Enjoy your weekend and take care,