Tunagate: Cindy McCain Accused of Stealing Recipes

The presidential campaign may come down to Ahi Tuna and what Cindy McCain knew and when she knew it about her warm spinach salad. John McCain’s wife has been accused of including another woman’s recipes in her collection of “McCain Family Recipes.” She joins the wife of Jerry Seinfeld in the expanding field of recipe misappropriation.

Bloggers have attacked “McCain Family Recipes” as being copied from cookbook author and former “Cooking Thin” host Kathleen Daelemans. Even her recipe for farfalle pasta with turkey sausage, peas and mushrooms was traced to the TV show “Everyday Italian” and her rosemary chicken was traced to TV chef Rachael Ray. While the website portrays these as “Cindy’s Recipes.”

“Apparently a Web intern added Rachael Ray to our policy team without her knowing it,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds deadpanned yesterday. “He was swiftly dealt with, and the page is down for revision.”

The food scandal was first reported by a weiner — freelance writer David Weiner to be specific.

She now joins Jessica Seinfeld who is in the midst of litigation with Missy Chase Lapine alleged copying of recipes from “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals.” Jessica Seinfeld came out with her book: “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Getting Your Kids Eating Good Food” with some striking similarities.

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11 thoughts on “Tunagate: Cindy McCain Accused of Stealing Recipes”

  1. this story is too funny. thanks for posting, and i’ll never change recipes with Cindy Mc cain

  2. Susan,

    You didn’t miss all the fun after all; I forgot one line in my recipe:

    “Wipe off book and put back in cinder block bookcase!” 🙂


  3. (sigh) This is what I get for arriving late again. You guys took all the best gag lines. I hate it when that happens! At least you didn’t take my good recipes. Oh wait, I got all of them from various sources too, so no worries there.

  4. Psychicsource.com $10.00 for the first 10 minutes. That’s how!

    BTW, I loved your story on Pi.


  5. Franco AND D.W.

    I can’t believe either of you are trying to plagiarize Senator Biden’s receipe like that. Shame on both of you. You people have no decency!


  6. her book was cooked or she cooked her book.

    U decide.

    An old college favorite:


    boil one saucepot of water.
    Add elbow macaroni till the water starts sloshing out
    Stir ever so often while arguing with roommate.
    Hold old paperback book over pot and drain water.
    Eat loose macaroni that slipped out under the book.
    Add Heinz Ketchup (catsup for you frenchies)
    Stir and stir. Taste.
    Add more ketchup.

    Share with roommate if he let you win the argument.

  7. They has gone too far. Rachel Ray has every right to credit for macaroni and cheese and franks and beans, all scrumptiously prepared in 30 minutes or less. I am sure it was the work of underlings in the McCain camp–men too I am sure. To paraphrase nurse-turned-school teacher Kaitlin Costello Price in “The Verdict”: “…who were these men, who were these men. I wanted to be a chef.”

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