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    Delete a recipe

    Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:23 pm Groupie
    How do I delete a recipe from my posted recipes? I can't seem to find a "remove" or "delete" on my own recipes. I can from others, but not my own.

    Mary at
    Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:53 am Staff
    You can't delete your own recipes that you have uploaded. You can remove recipes that you have saved, but your recipes will remain.
    Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:57 am Groupie
    Can I edit a recipe? I found a recipe online that I'd been wanting so I published it. According to the copyright info, a recipe itself is not copyrightable as it is a list of ingredients. I did not credit the person by name, but did say I had gotten it from another source.

    I got a very unhappy zmail today from her. I told her I'd remove it, not realizing that I can't. Can I at least edit it?

    I don't want to be "kicked off" of zaar!

    Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:38 am Groupie
    Mary at
    Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:21 pm Staff

    You are not going to be kicked off Although, I would've recommended noting where you adapted the recipe from in the your description. Have her email us at and we will take care of. What recipe is it?
    Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:19 pm Groupie
    It's Lebanese Style Tabouli # 476294
    I originally said I'd gotten it on line, but not where. I've edited it in the meantime to include her name (MoiFrey) and blog address(

    Plus I changed the directions because I never did it the way it was written; I simplified it.

    I am a former teacher, and it is ingrained in me to never give out a person's (kid's) name when you publish something. That's just the opposite from the blogosphere where people want their name mentioned. We had a somewhat heated conversation and it seems it's been settled now.

    Thanks for responding - I was pretty upset to be accused of stealing when I thought I'd done it correctly. Live and learn. And I will be verrrrrry careful next time!
    Mary at
    Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:28 am Staff
    Ok, great. Glad you ladies were able to work it out.

    In regards to copyright, it protects creative works (written or artistic). Though we think of cooking as art, that does not make a recipe copyrightable.

    "A mere listing of ingredients is not protected under copyright law. However, where a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a collection of recipes as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection."
    — The Copyright Office of the US Government

    So, a list of ingredients cannot be copyrighted. An idea, concept, system or method of doing something cannot be copyrighted either. Only the substantially literary expression associated with a recipe can be copyrighted. To the extent there are only so many ways to say "boil water," it is not creative and therefore not protected under a copyright. If a recipe's directions or description are a wholesale copy of another person's creative literary expression, they are in violation of copyright. So even if the recipe originated elsewhere and even if the ingredients are still the same, as long as you post a recipe with your own directions and description, it is your recipe to share.
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