October 26, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

Jerry Seinfeld weighs in with what he thinks of the recent accusations of plagiarism aimed at his wife Jessica’s new cookbook, “Deceptively Delicious.” “Hil-arious! Hilarious. Hilarious,” the comedian tells EW. “I was saying to her this morning, I’m really regretting that I’m not doing the sitcom right now. ‘The Puree Plagiarizer’ is a Seinfeld episode: ‘You stole my mushed-up carrots! I invented mushed-up carrots!’ It’s just absolutely a riot to me.”

Earlier this month, Jessica Seinfeld appeared on Oprah to discuss Deceptively Delicious, her book about—as the subtitle puts it—“Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.” After that, Delicious shot up the best-seller charts. But then online observers pointed out recipe similarities between Seinfeld’s book and Missy Chase Lapine’s April book The Sneaky Chef, which also advocates sneaking healthy ingredients into kids’ food.

In a statement, Jessica said she’d “never seen or read” The Sneaky Chef, and on the phone with EW, her husband further sprang to her defense.

“Unfortunately [when you] try to do things nowadays, there’s always someone that comes out of the walls,” Seinfeld says. “My tendency is just to laugh at these people because I know what they’re doing. So I don’t feel threatened by it, but it’s a little harder for [Jessica]. I think she’s not as comfortable as I am.”

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