Cookbook Author Sues – is this just a publicity ploy?

This press release Cookbook Author Sues Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld for Copyright Infringement and Defamation states: “Attorneys for Missy Chase Lapine, author of ‘The Sneaky Chef,’ today filed a lawsuit against Jessica Seinfeld and Jerry Seinfeld for copyright and trademark infringement and defamation in Federal District Court in New York.

The lawsuit alleges that Jessica Seinfeld blatantly plagiarized Ms. Lapine’s book, ‘The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals,’ a critically-acclaimed and commercially successful cookbook with an innovative approach to improving children’s eating habits. ‘The Sneaky Chef’ shows parents how to, among other things, camouflage purees of carefully selected fruits and vegetables as ingredients in less healthy foods that kids like, such as cheeseburgers, pizza and brownies. Running Press Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, published ‘The Sneaky Chef’ in April, 2007, generating positive reviews and quickly becoming a New York Times bestseller.”

You have to wonder whether this is a publicity ploy.

PublishersMarketplace notes that “Bookscan figures for 2007 tracked sales of approximately 581,000 copies for Seinfeld’s book through mid-December; Running Press says The Sneaky Chef currently has approximately 190,000 copies in print.”

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