It's not quite alliteration, but I tried.
I had seen on the front Yahoo page a weeks ago that Jessica Seinfeld had a cookbook out which was somehow controversial, but I never clicked the link to find out how it was controversial, as I didn't really care. However, I finally did take a look today and discovered that the controversy is about possible plagiarism, my pretty pet petunia. Seinfeld's book is called Deceptive Delicious, published by Harper Collins, and uses the idea of hiding vegetables in other dishes. Meanwhile, there was a slightly earlier book by Missy Chase Lapine, called The Sneaky Chef, which has the same idea. Most interestingly, Lapine's book was published by the Running Press, after it was turned down by Harper Collins. Seinfeld claims to have never heard of Lapine's book.
Now, the thing is, a couple years ago, we bought a cookbook called Healthy Cooking for Kids or something similar, and, while the author never makes a things of it, what she's done is put lots of vegetables inside other dishes like casseroles. Moreover, I cannot imagine that these three cookbook authors are the first people to which it's ever occurred to hide vegies in a casserole. N hates peas and talks about, at the age of 6, hiding as few peas as she could get away with in her mashed potatoes in order to get them down. In short, the idea is old.
However, I do wonder a little bit on where the Deceptively Delicious title came from, because that title is indeed very much like The Sneaky Chef. Did Seinfeld name her book herself, or did that title come from Harper Collins? If so, how far along the editorial path did The Sneaky Chef get at Harper before being rejected? In short, the most likely plagiarizers here seem to be Harper Collins, not Seinfeld. But even still, Lapine has a problem, as I don't think you can copyright a title, much less the idea of a title, which is why there are many repeated title names.
Of course, this is all moot if Seinfeld's recipes are all copies of Lapine's. Even here, however, you have to be careful as there are only so many ways to make tuna casserole -- with or without peas.