I’m sincerely impressed that so many companies out there have managed to keep their recipes locked up for so long.

That’s why this story from the New York Times is such an interesting read. That, plus corporate espionage is always exciting, if the work of Clive Owen is to be believed.

Neither Mr. Botticella nor a Bimbo spokesman would comment for this article, but the legal papers in the case suggest a muffin culture more reminiscent of Langley than Drury Lane. Recipe manuals are called code books. Valuable information is compartmentalized to keep it from leaking out. Corporate officials speak of sharing information on a “need-to-know basis.”