Plus: we won an IACP award!!!!
Congrats on your IACP award!!
Many congrats on your IACP award, Paula!
Paula, first of all, mazel tov on your IACP award -- well deserved. As for cookbook stuff, four of my cookbooks were stolen and it's highly distressing to see. I wonder if we all need to organize for a class action something or other. Happy to toss ideas around if you want.
Congratulations, Paula! All four of my books have been uploaded to that AI business, including, amusingly enough, DISTILLERY CATS.
Congratulations! And yes, two of my three cookbooks were stolen. 😠
For the first few years it was out my cookbook pops up on ‘download pdf for free’ (or a small sum) all the time. At first I reported it to my publisher, but it happened *so often* that I gave up. More recently, it seems that the author of a cookbook on the same subject, published in a different country and not in English, has shall we say ‘massaged’ recipes from my book to include in hers.
Then of course recipe theft by websites. I mean, where does it end? Answer: it doesn’t and it probably never will.
AI is disturbing on so many levels (and also has the potential to benefit society in many ways). And AI developers are taking recipe / cookbook theft to a whole new level. At the same time ... is it *more* enraging than the other forms of theft that cookbook writers have been victim to?
Maybe the difference is that with the thieves identified there is the potential for accountability.
Four of my books were stolen... all non-fiction. My fiction is self-published, so the AI thieves have not found those books yet.
Taranta was spectacular - my absolute favorite restaurant in Boston. Sadly, it closed in 2020. I know that Jose Duarte has a couple of other restaurants in the Boston area, but I've never been. I'm SO excited to hear about the cookbook. My kingdom for their green lamb ragu recipe.
And congratulations on the award! Well-deserved.