Jessica Seinfeld Wins Cookbook Copycat Case

Deceptively Delicious wasn't plagiarized, federal judge rules
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2009 9:24 AM CDT
This undated photo of author Missy Chase Lapine was released by Running Press on July 21, 2009. A New York judge tossed out Lapine's lawsuit against Jessica Seinfeld on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009.    (AP Photo/Running Press, Ho)
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(Newser) – A federal judge in New York has tossed out a suit claiming that a cookbook by Jerry  Seinfeld's wife plagiarized a rival's book. Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious, like Missy Chase Lapine's The Sneaky Chef, shows parents how to sneak vegetables into their kids' food—an idea nobody can copyright, the judge said. She added that Seinfeld's book is "bright and cheerful" while Lapine's is "dry and text-heavy," the New York Daily News reports.