Saturday, November 6, 2010

Complaints, jokes dished out for food mag

Say this about the obscure food magazine Cooks Source — it’s not obscure anymore. Unfortunately the Sunderland-based publication has garnered the attention of the blogosphere for all the wrong reasons. As we reported yesterday, writer Monica Gaudio revealed that the magazine had lifted a piece of her work wholesale from another website without permission. After she complained in an e-mail, the magazine’s editor, Judith Griggs, responded with a downright bizarre justification, which, among other things, suggested Gaudio should have paid the magazine for cleaning up her work. The tale only got weirder yesterday. The story exploded across the Internet with allegations that the magazine’s laissez faire ethics appear to be standard practice. The Cooks Source Facebook page was soon flooded with negative reactions and claims that articles and photos have been co-opted from sources such as the Food Network, Paula Deen, and NPR. As is usually the case when the Web mob readies the pitchforks, the story quickly moved from a rallying cry for creative ownership rights to a deluge of sarcastic in-jokes like the trending Twitter meme #buthonestlymonica taken from the opening salvo of Griggs’ original e-mail “apology.’’ Reports that Cooks Source is responsible for everything from starting World War I, canceling “Arrested Development,’’ and inspiring the hit song “Forget You’’ by stealing Cee-Lo’s girlfriend were unverified as of press time. Since yesterday, Cooks Source has removed all contact information from its website, and its phone number appears to be disconnected. Griggs did not respond to e-mails from the Globe.

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