A snippet of an article from the Associated Press, 4/17:

SYDNEY – 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.

By the way, reprints of 7,000 books will cost 20,000 Australian dollars (equivalent to $18,500  in America).

OK, if I’d been the proofreader and missed such a godawful error, I would consider reinventing my career!


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