The upside of being married to one of the world’s most famous comedians: You’ve got a leg up on getting publicity for your cookbook. The downside, according to Jessica “Mrs. Jerry” Seinfeld, author of the bestseller Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, is that the success of the cookbook also brought accusations of plagiarism.
Seinfeld’s book of kid-friendly recipes that include “hidden” servings of veggies was released about six months after The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals, a similarly-themed book by author and chef Missy Chase Lapine.
“I can understand why she would have been upset,” Seinfeld said during an appearance on The View Monday. “First of all, when you have a huge success, people tend to look for the cracks, look for anything that could break you down a little bit … there’s always negative when there’s positive. You know, this was such an immediate success, this book, that I think, probably people were looking for things to pick apart.
“But anyway, I can understand why she would have been frustrated,” Seinfeld continued. “She did a book of a similar topic a few months earlier. And it must have been hard to see how quickly my book took off. I never saw her book, I never saw her recipes, nor, as a person, would I ever do something like I was accused of doing.”
Lapine, meanwhile, has remained mum on the Seinfeld controversy, except for a response to Jerry Seinfeld’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last month, when he said “So this woman says, ‘I sense this could be my wacko moment.’ So she comes out … and she accuses my wife. She says, ‘You stole my mushed-up carrots. You can’t put mushed-up carrots in a casserole. I put mushed-up carrots in a casserole. It’s vegetable plagiarism.'”
Responded Lapine, “It was painful to be called names on national TV when I am just a mom who wrote a cookbook to help parents get their kids to eat well.”