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How to "cook your books" — a recipe for disaster

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to stimulate thought on creative accounting through a unique prose. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The paper is a fictional poem. Findings ‐ The paper finds that, like baking a recipe, creative accounting involves essential ingredients and a method. Identifies how the language and process of creative accounting, however precise it may be, can mirror that of the creative art of cooking. Research limitations/implications ‐ The paper encourages a broader artistic and narrative expression in the field of accounting by drawing on alternate textual formats. Originality/value ‐ The paper shows that, as far as the author is aware, no other work in accounting has been expressed this way as a recipe. Consequently, it is a unique contribution to the discipline.
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Keywords: Accounting; Cooking; Metaphors

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 31 July 2007

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