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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cookbook recalled after recipe requires "freshly ground black people"

It's literally (almost) a case of "To Serve Man" as Penguin Group Australia is rushing to pulp and re-print a cookbook that mistakenly called for "freshly ground black people" in a recipe that was supposed to call for "freshly ground black pepper".

From the story at the BBC...

Penguin Group Australia had to reprint 7,000 copies of Pasta Bible last week, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

The reprint cost A$20,000 ($18,000; £12,000), but stock in bookshops will not be recalled as it is "extremely hard" to do so, Penguin said.

The recipe was for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto.

"We're mortified that this has become an issue of any kind, and why anyone would be offended, we don't know," head of publishing Bob Sessions is quoted as saying by the Sydney newspaper.

Penguin said almost every one of the more than 150 recipes in the book listed salt and freshly ground black pepper, but a misprint occurred on just one page.

"When it comes to the proof-reader, of course they should have picked it up, but proof-reading a cookbook is an extremely difficult task. I find that quite forgivable," Mr Sessions said.

I wonder if Penguin is printing any cookbooks for Mexican or Chinese cuisine...