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Australian Cookbook Typo: "Salt & Freshly Ground Black People"

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Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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No, cannibalism has not gone mainstream, even in Australia. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the publishing house Penguin Group Australia pulped and reprinted thousands of copies of a cookbook after discovering that a recipe called for "salt and freshly ground black people" in the ingredients. Roughly 7,000 copies of Pasta Bible were recalled after the typo was found in a recipe for spelt 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," said head of publishing Bob Sessions, who noted that proofreading a cookbook is an extremely difficult task. Penguin blamed the error, which occurred in only one recipe, on a spellchecker program. Note to industry: stop laying off actual copy editors.

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