U.S. Senate candidiate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., submitted recipes to a cookbook that purported to collect Native American recipes, but her some of her submissions appear to be plagiarized, according to a new report.
It's the kind of story that -- in addition to the dubious claims about Warren's Cherokee ancestry -- threaten to turn her campaign into a punch line. Breitbart News reports that two recipes were published in the New York Times in 1979, and apparently originated at the famous French restaurant in Manhattan, Le Pavillon:
Ms. Warren’s 1984 recipe for Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing is a word-for-word copy of Mr. Franey’s 1979 recipe.
Mrs. Warren’s 1984 recipe for Cold Omelets with Crab Meat contains all four of the ingredients listed in Mr. Franey’s 1979 recipe in the exact same portion but lists five additional ingredients. More significantly, her instructions are virtually a word for word copy of Mr. Franey’s instructions from this 1979 article.
Le Pavillon operated from 1941-1971. The Franey-Warren recipes were reportedly favorites of Cole Porter and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
A blog dedicated to the cultural history of New York City notes that a dinner at Le Pavillon in April 1946 cost about $6 -- that's $70.80 in today's dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator -- per a story printed in the April 1946 edition of Gourmet Magazine.
As late as 1965, the restaurant was a favorite of the Kennedy family. "Some institutions complement each other beautifully, and that's the way it is with the Kennedy family and France's foremost gift to American gastronomy, Henri Soule," wrote The New York Times' Craig Claiborne in October of that year. "Twice over the weekend the family chose his elegant and august Pavillon restaurant as a point of farewell feasting for the departing French Ambassador, Herve Alphand, and his wife."
A fancy French restaurant in Manhattan frequented by British royalty and American political and cultural icons -- as pedigrees go, that's about as far from 'passed down by generations of persecuted Native American grandmothers' as it gets.