From the associated press:
Cookbook pulped over ‘ground black people’ typo
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 “Pasta Bible” 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 for a story printed Saturday.
“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.”
Am I crazy for thinking it would be quite reasonable to request a reprint? Other than keeping it for the Drunken Saturday Night “oh-look-at-my-fucked-up-cookbook” factor, I don’t think I’d feel any need to have this cookbook in my house. And I can’t believe the thing that “mortifies” the editor more, is the idea that some folks would be “small-minded” enough to take offense. What a dick that guy is!
If you got one of these, would you be pissed off and return it?