Courteous Copying

A headnote to a recipe on a blog states “Courtesy of Ina Garten.” What does it mean?

a) This recipe was taken from one of Ina Garten’s cookbooks;

b) This recipe is similar to something Ina Garten made on her tv show;

c) Ina Garten called the blogger up and said, “Please post my recipe on your blog. I really want it splashed all over the internet.”

For me, “courtesy of” means that permission is involved. Therefore (c) is the best answer to me.

Lately I’ve been seeing “courtesy of” all over the place. Sometimes it looks like permission has probably been obtained. For instance, if the blogger states that a review copy of a book has arrived and the book looks amazing I assume that permission for sharing a recipe came with the book. But without any back story, I wonder if permission has been granted at all.

Is it possible that some bloggers would choose answer (a)?

What do you think? Has “courtesy of” come to mean “taken from”? Is this an acceptable use of the phrase? Have you ever attributed a recipe with “courtesy of”? If so, what did you mean?


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