Ruth Madoff Was No Cookbook Author

Not only was Ruth Madoff's cookbook, Great Chefs of America Cook Kosher, prevented from reprinting because of trademark infringement, but now the New York Times reports that she didn't even write it:

Karen MacNeil, a food and wine expert who was given the title of editor of the project, beneath the two executive editors — Mrs. Madoff and her friend Idee Schoenheimer — disclosed in an interview with The New York Times that she was paid to write the cookbook in its entirety. She said Mrs. Madoff “was interested in having her name on something that would allow for some sort of fun.”

“My understanding was that she entertained a lot in New York and kind of wanted to test some recipes just as a social thing to do with friends,” said Ms. MacNeil, a wine and food consultant in Saint Helena, Calif. “But in point of fact, I wrote the entire book.”

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