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Do you enjoy novels that have recipes in them?

Asked by JLeslie (57316points) November 6th, 2018 from iPhone

I have several questions.

1. Do you think the recipes need to be in the same genre? Or, could it be an Italian recipe from an aunt and a Chinese recipe from an in-law?

2. Do you like the idea of a book of short stories, or is a novel better? Can it be short stories if the main character is always the same?

3. Would you like if it has a vegetarian version of all the recipes?

4. Is there any laws or copyrights on recipes? I’m not worried about my recipes being stolen, I’m worried about getting in trouble for using a recipe that has been published before.

I’d love to hear any comments or suggestions.

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canidmajor's avatar

Re: the copyright thing, attribute any and all information you get from somewhere else.

As far as mixing ethnic groupings goes, it’s fine, you can do anything you want.

Just adding recipes for their own sakes is a little odd, unless there is an underlying food theme in the novel. Along that line, adding a vegetarian version really only is appropriate if their is a solid reason in the plot to do so.

A family cookbook sounds like a better idea, if the focus is recipes.

Are you planning to embark on a writing career?

And, to answer the original Q, I have enjoyed some novels with recipes, a la Diane Mott Davidson.

ragingloli's avatar

Does “Shokugeki no Soma” count?

canidmajor's avatar

“There” not “their”. Damn you autocorrect.

JLeslie's avatar

@canidmajor I never think of myself as a writer, especially not as a career. There are some clubs where I live that are like writing workshops, I was thinking of attending one the beginning of next year. I have a friend here who wrote a mystery with the help of one of these groups here.

Usually, I think about writing in regards to the strange and funny things my family and friends do. When my aunt was in hospice a year ago I had the urge to write again. More recently I was showing a family photo album to a friend, and in my photo album there are stories, more like a paragraph, talking about the photos.

I doubt it would be anything anyone else would want to read.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Voracious reader here! I actually read a female investigator series with a chef, and it was all about stealing recipe’s and sabotaging new restaurants, and they always listed recipes with each chapter. Kinda neat actually!

1. Do you think the recipes need to be in the same genre? Or, could it be an Italian recipe from an aunt and a Chinese recipe from an in-law?
For me, it could be any recipe, that was maybe unusual.

2. Do you like the idea of a book of short stories, or is a novel better? Can it be short stories if the main character is always the same?
I really like novels best.

3. Would you like if it has a vegetarian version of all the recipes? Yes!!!

4. Is there any laws or copyrights on recipes? I’m not worried about my recipes being stolen, I’m worried about getting in trouble for using a recipe that has been published before.
Hmmm, no idea on that one.

Jeruba's avatar

You can’t copyright a recipe. But you can copyright whatever commentary or other text or illustrations you include around it, as long as it’s your own original material.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I have never used any recipes from books I’ve read, probably laziness. I have read some which sounded delicious.
The ones I have most wanted to try were in the Earth Children series. I’m afraid building a pit fire is regulated where I live, but the thought of lifting platters of juicy mammoth or bison seasoned with fresh herbs from a ground pit just sounds delicious.
You have piqued my curiosity, so now I am going to ask a related question.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Patty_Melt Oooh, I loved that series, too!

JLeslie's avatar

@Jeruba What about mentioning a particular brand name in the ingredients or title of a recipe? Any rules with that? Coca Cola Cake comes to mind.

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