This week I had some friends over for dinner and I made my
signature pizza recipe. I didn’t
come up with the recipe but whenever I have a dinner party this is one of the
first recipes I want to make. The
pizza has fig spread, prosciutto and arugula, and it’s not a combination my guests
eat everyday, so it’s sort of my secret culinary weapon. After enjoying this amazing pizza my
friend asks me “Can I get the recipe? Or is it a secret?” I told her I don’t believe in keeping
recipes a secret and we debated the pros and cons of sharing recipes. I thought
this would make an awesome blog post, so here we are!
The Argument For Recipe Sharing
I can probably just Google
it anyway. Ahh the Internet! It used to be that if you had a tasty dish at
a party you had two choices, ask the person who prepared it to write down the
recipe for you, or search every cookbook on earth in hopes you find it. In 2013, if someone makes you a pizza
with figs and prosciutto, you can just go home and Google “fig and prosciutto
pizza” and chances are the recipe, or something like it, will pop right
up. So unless the recipe is an
original creation-which my signature pizza is not, in fact, that’s it right
there are the top of the page when you Google “fig and prosciutto pizza”- then
you aren’t really hiding much anyway.
Food is love. I
show my love with food. My
signature pizza is so amazing that if I share it with you
I must really like you because I could most certainly eat the whole thing by
myself.If you call me up later and say “hey, Amanda I made your pizza and it
was AMAZING thank you so much for the recipe!” My heart will swell with
happiness because I provided you some lasting joy via pizza. It sounds goofy but it’s true for
It can still be your
signature recipe even if you share it. Every year I make Cranberry Bliss
Bars for Christmas and bring them over to my fiancé’s family’s house. They are
a huge hit every time, and I give out the recipe freely. But who makes the Cranberry Bliss Bars
every year? Me!. Everyone knows
it’s my thing, so no one else ever makes them. The same holds true for Aunt
Jill’s Chex Mix and Uncle Pete’s Kahlua pork… it’s an unspoken rule that no
one shall attempt to make anyone else’s signature recipe.
The Argument Against Recipe Sharing
You don’t want other
people to steal your signature recipe. I’ve already admitted that I’m a
recipe sharer, but putting myself in the non-sharing camp, I can see why some people stand on this side of the argument. Let’s
say my friend has a dinner party at her house, invites ten people and makes my
signature pizza and everyone loves it and praises her. Well that was MY pizza, how come SHE is
getting all the credit?
I guess some people think like that but I don’t. Who cares? I’m happy everyone loved the pizza. The only time I can see this
argument as being fair is if the recipe is your livelihood. Like if you own a
barbecue joint and your secret sauce brings people from miles around to eat
your baby back ribs. You’re not going to have copies of the sauce recipe
sitting at the checkout counter for everyone to grab.
What do you think? Do you like to share recipes? Or do you keep your favorites a secret?
Posted by: Amanda