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Seriously? Elizabeth Warren May Have Plagiarized 'Pow Wow Chow' Recipe Submissions


Okay, okay, we promise we’ll take a break from Elizabeth Warren stories -- but we really have to do this one last report.

The Blaze reported on Wednesday that the Massachusetts senatorial candidate has offered some pretty flimsy evidence to prove her Cherokee Indian heritage. One of the weaker proofs she has offered is the fact that her cousin Candy Rowsey once edited an obscure 1984 cookbook titled “Pow Wow Chow.”

Then The Blaze reported yesterday that the former “Native American” Harvard Law professor actually contributed five recipes to said cookbook. The book also bills her as a Cherokee.

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And just in time for the weekend, we bring you the latest in the continuing saga of “fauxcahontas”: Warren didn’t just contribute to the cookbook, but she may have even plagiarized a couple of the recipes, Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy reports.

“The credibility of Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren took another hit today as Boston radio talk show host Howie Carr released evidence that appears to confirm Ms. Warren may have plagiarized at least three of the five recipes,” Leahy writes.

But which recipes did she allegedly rip-off and where’s the proof? You see, unlike Warren’s Cherokee heritage claims, allegation of this sort have to be backed up with something a bit more concrete than, say, “family lore.

So where's the proof?

“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,” Leahy reports.

The "Pow Wow Chow" 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," Leahy points out.

Here are Franey's recipes as they appeared in 1979.

"More significantly," he adds, "her instructions are virtually a word for word copy of Mr. Franey’s instructions from this 1979 article."

Here are Warren's recipes as they appear in "Pow Wow Chow."

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Huh. That’s weird. According to “Pow Wow Chow,” all the recipes were passed down through generations of Oklahoma Native American members of the Cherokee tribe. Yet, somehow, it appears two of the recipes may have originated at Le Pavilion, “a fabulously expensive French restaurant in Manhattan,” as Leahy describes it.

But perhaps the bigger question here is this: where, exactly, did 19th-century Cherokee Indians all the way out in the plains of Oklahoma acquire a taste for Worcestershire sauce and "imported mustard"?

But wait! There’s more!

Warren's "Herbed Tomatoes" recipe may have been copied from a 1959 Better Homes and Garden recipe, according to Leahy.

“Ms. Warren ‘s campaign has not commented on the suggestion that she may have plagiarized her recipe contributions to the Pow Wow Chow cookbook,” the Breitbart article adds.

“Sales of the Pow Wow Chow have heated up on Amazon since this controversy began, vaulting from a lowly 1.2 million ranking book to number 11,289 early this morning."

Okay. As promised, we're done with Warren stories for now (or until she does something else that makes us laugh).

(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)

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