And You, Madam? Care For Some Freshly Ground Black People?

April 18, 2010.

9780143011071

I’ve seen (and likely contributed) some gnarly typos in my life, but none as messed up as this

An Australian publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with “salt and freshly ground black people.”

Penguin Group Australia’s head of publishing, Bob Sessions, acknowledged the proofreader for the Pasta Bible should have picked up the error, but called it nothing more than a “silly mistake.”

The recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto was supposed to call for black pepper.

“We’re mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don’t know,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.  “We’ve said to bookstores that if anyone is small-minded enough to complain about this … silly mistake, we will happily replace (the book) for them.”

Who is more “small-minded”, the guy who needs to spend an extra $18,500 reprinting the books because of a “silly mistake”, or the person who complains about it?

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