Too good to check: Did Elizabeth Warren plagiarize her recipes in “Pow Wow Chow”?

posted at 3:25 pm on May 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Fake Indian in real trouble.”

I don’t know, guys. I’m grudgingly coming around to the idea that maybe it’d be better if she won in November. We can’t afford to lose her; she’s a daily one-woman content goldmine for the blogosphere, every bit the equal of Martha Coakley. A blogger has to eat, and she’s serving up an awful lot of pow wow traffic chow.

But apparently it’s based on someone else’s recipe:

Two of the possibly plagiarized recipes, said in the Pow Wow Chow cookbook to have been passed down through generations of Oklahoma Native American members of the Cherokee tribe, are described in a New York Times News Service story as originating at Le Pavilion, a fabulously expensive French restaurant in Manhattan. The dishes were said to be particular favorites of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Cole Porter.

The two recipes, “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat” and “Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing,” appear in an article titled “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat,” written by Pierre Franey of the New York Times News Service that was published in the August 22, 1979 edition of the Virgin Islands Daily News, a copy of which can be seen here.

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.

Among the ingredients for Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing: “Imported mustard,” Worcestershire sauce, cognac, and of course crab, all presumably readily available to a, er, 19th-century agrarian Cherokee settlement in Oklahoma. No wonder Scott Brown’s campaign is now fundraising off of this clusterfark. Two videos for you here, one a heartrending Ken Burns-ian look at the tribulations of a 0/32 Native American via Mary Katharine Ham, the other a Fox News interview with Cherokee generalogist and Warren skeptic Twila Barnes. Enjoy.

Update: Can’t get the Barnes video to embed for some reason. You can watch it here.


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This is a recipe for disaster.

derecho on May 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I certainly have reservations about this.

John the Libertarian on May 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Time to circle the wagons…

Seven Percent Solution on May 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Somebody didn’t read the smoke signals.

Rod on May 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

What name is more appropriate?
Dances with Crabs or Stands with Fisting???

BigAlSouth on May 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

wow, the nerve of this lady!
Possibly copying a recipe for Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing nearly thirty years ago certainly smells of liberal communist marxist socialist extremes. We must stop these anti-American forces from getting elected at all costs! Her extensive knowledge of the financial sector and her educational background in law and finance be dam*&ed…SHE COPIED A RECIPE for god’s sake..what else is hidden in her commie background?
Someone needs to get Project V. to do a hidden camera/highly edited expose on which shoe she puts on first every morning (the left one, no doubt)
I wonder if Ed Klein can whip a book outing her as a lesbian before November?

greataunty on May 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Here is what you don’t know about the democrats in Massachusetts.

If you can name the Massachusetts congressional delegation, you will see that they are all men, and one woman who is the wife of a deceased congressman.

All of these people have held the seats for a long time.

Giving anyone of these congressmen or John Kerry, or in the old days, Kennedy, a primary challenger is considered, straying off the reservation, so to speak.

No one, especially not women, get a chance to practice running in a primary in this strict privilege system.

Mrs. Warren should have had many chances to run for Congress first, or even ran for her state rep/senator for Beacon Hill, but it is run like a commie party. They picks the winners and losers ahead of time. A lot of time, they are not women. Ms. Marsha Marsha Marsha Coakley, as Patrick Kennedy called her, did not have much respect or name recognition, not from Kennedy anyway, because she had not had much experience running a campaign. They can’t get well known, with the male control on the congressional seats. Several of these men have held the seats since the 1970′s. Notice none of them ever primaried Kennedy or Kerry.

Scott Brown had run every two years, for years and years, and was an experienced campaigner. Mrs. Coakley was disgusted that she was expected to stand out in the cold and shake hands with people coming out of the Gahden after the sports events there, or something like that. Mrs. Warren seems not much different, she was expecting Obama to appoint her to the Senate? She has never run for anything in our state.

Therefore she is not vetted. Foolish statements about cheek bones and pow wow lunch recipies that originate in Manhattan pop out of nowhere! geesh, this is the fruit of the Massachusetts democrat corruptocracy and stagnation.

Mrs. Warren really is more suited to represent her constituency, local cambridge types as a rep on Beacon Hill, but not to run for senator from our state, she just can’t relate to the folks.

That is really important here, because Scott Brown is the senator for all the people. That is hard for us republicans to share him, but the Massachusetts delegation is SO UNRESPONSIVE to the common people here, very populist, your grandad’s democrats, that he is there for them, to our chagrin. Scott fits in, even if the media is telling you he doesn’t, the truck was real, the veterans he represents, are real guys, some women, but mostly Vietnam era who were not the MA elites like Kerry.

On St. Patricks day, the politicians roast each other with breakfast and green beer and singing and mean mean jokes. Senator Brown said: “I hope you didn’t get lost leaving Cambridge again today,” Brown said.

Ordinary folks, the people who live outside the 128 beltway, (say in Wrentham, where Brown made his home most of his life) in MA are annoyed when they see a rich lady with a rich husband from Cambridge and Harvard pretending to use some kind of affirmative actions privilege reserved only for the most pure bred American indians. A lot of people have indian ancestors in NE but don’t get any prize for it.

Fleuries on May 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM

No, there are always more Democrat fools to make fun of.

claudius on May 21, 2012 at 8:38 PM

[Screaming] Look at his high cheek bones! President Obama is a Cherokee Indian or my name isn’t Joe Biden. Er, wait, oh, that’s the other one we’re tryin’ to convince you of. [Screaming] Liz Warren was born in Hawaii or my dad didn’t sell cars for a living. Oh, wait that’s still not right. What am I trying to say here? Stand up, Chuck.

justjulie20 on May 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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