[Sca-cooks] When is it Plagiarism and When is it a Redaction?

edoard at medievalcookery.com edoard at medievalcookery.com
Mon Feb 8 12:42:16 PST 2010

> -------- Original Message --------
> From: lilinah at earthlink.net
> From: Elise Fleming <alysk at ix.netcom.com>
> >  I have been reading someone's work where the person
> >  says that the item is their "redaction" from someone else's recipe.
> >  The differences between the original and the "redaction" are (to me)
> >  exceedingly minor. What would you say?
> Doc <edoard at medievalcookery.com> wrote:
> >I've grown to loath the word "redaction", mostly because of it being
> >used in this manner.  In this particular case I think "variation" would
> >be the best choice of words, with "interpretation" as a distant second
> >choice.
> More and more i've been leaning to "worked out recipe" vs. "original 
> recipe". Yeah, it's long and perhaps unwieldy. But i think it is more 
> specific and makes what i mean a little clearer.
> Of your two choices, Doc, i much prefer "interpretation", because 
> that's exactly what a modern-style worked out recipe is, a cook's 
> interpretation of a generally less specific historical recipe.

In general, I too prefer "interpretation", but in the specific case Her
Excellency described it sounded more to me that the recipe was a version
of another cook's interpretation of a medieval recipe, and for that
"variation" (or even "version") seems a better fit.

- Doc

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