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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Cronut-175.jpgHere's a look at the laws of intellectual property as they relate to often-imitated foods like Cronuts and to recipes. On the challenges of granting legal ownership over ideas in food: "perhaps the biggest problem with asserting ownership over recipes is that in food, there is really very little that's new under the sun, and even when there is, there is little to be gained from stopping others from sharing in it." [WSJ]
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