After learning of the allegations against Cooks Source, however, Puchalski said she and fellow owner Christa Snyder quickly made the decision to pull their advertising. “One, we don’t support plagiarism. And two, we rely on word of mouth,” said Puchalski. “We’re only in our third year here, and bad publicity could be really dangerous.”

According to Puchalski, 2nd. Street Baking has received a ton of support from complete strangers, including donations made to the FBWMA in the company’s name.

As for the future of Cooks Source?

Both Gaudio and Bauer said they don’t intend to press charges against the publication unless it continues to lift articles from the Web. That shouldn’t be a problem — in a Tuesday post on the Cooks Source Web site, Griggs says bad publicity from the incident most likely will force her to shut the magazine down. Griggs appears to put the nail in Cooks Source’s coffin with this line: “Winters are bleak in Western New England, and as such, they are bleak for Cooks Source as well. This will end us.”

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