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Ghostwritten celebrity cookbooks: Do you care?

Ghostwritten celebrity cookbooks: Do you care?

In my freelance writing career, I have done my share of ghostwriting. Let me explain how it works. I write something for someone else for a one-time fee. Sometimes, I’m given a lot to work with — a piece that’s mostly written but needs a lot of editing, polishing and some additional information. Sometimes, I’m told, “write 400 words on ball bearings,” and I have to research everything, write and hope it’s what the person who will eventually take credit for the piece wants to see. When all is said and done, I get paid, someone else’s name goes on the piece, and I keep my mouth shut. Last week, The New York Times ran “I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter ” by Julia Moskin. “Tales from the ink-stained (and grease-covered) wretches who actually produce most of the words attributed to chefs in cookbooks,” is the teaser for the piece. Moskin paints the world of cookbook ghostwriting as ...

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