ok lots of thoughts there from you guys which is great.
1) whether people get recognition ... if you have a look on the webpage where you can submit the recipes, youll see that Ive got something saying include your name if you want it to be included.
I am most definitely not going to be taking all the recipes that other people are sending in and then saying I created the dish. Maybe I will be putting something like me being the editor or something though, since Im doing all the "paper work" and putting the whole thing together, which is also quite a lot of work.
2. "How can you be sure that the recipes submited by other peole didn't come from some cookbook that already exists ?"
well youre right and that is a difficult one that Ive also had a good think about. I think thats where ultimately I have to just trust the integrity of the people submitting that they have come up with the recipe themselves.
Also a hard one because recipes can be so similar anyway. I mean how many versions are out there for tofu patties, pumpkin soup , tahini dressing etc.
Also, Im the one who will get in trouble if someone has sent in a copyrighted recipe. If thats the case then I will have to deal with the original publisher of the recipe. (who will obviously have to prove to me that it is theirs and that is was published by them first).
Im pretty much going to publish them 'blind' as you say. I will take a good look through them and have been as they come in. Obviously if somethings not right and someones sent something in thats just a joke, Ill just leave it out or write to them. Id love to try them all and I probably will at some stage but I think its more important to get it out there.
Im always reducing things like salt, oil or adding herbs or whatever to every recipe book that Ive ever had. I find it very rare to find a recipe exactly to my taste. So I figure people will treat the recipes as they would normally in any other cookbook.
hmm Ive thought about that as well. Im kindof interested in making a huge collection of great recipes that people have come up with that is like a great encyclopedia. I always hate when I have a certain vegetable that I would like to find a recipe for (or where its the main star) and I look it up in all my recipe books and cant find something that interests me.
For me its like this awesome vision of having a vast collection at my fingertips, that I can choose between a couple of very similar recipes perhaps as well as have a big variety.(and thats the beauty of having it digital .. so that you dont have to lug a great big book around, but that its all there in your computer.)
And you are right that some people might be interested in smaller packaged books. I may end up offering both. (however you could also put them under those subtitles in the book as well).
hows that? :-)