Penguin Group Australia was left with a little egg on it's face this month, all thanks to a cookbook. The publishers proofreaders missed a typo in the Pasta Bible's recipe for Spelt Tagliatelle With Sardines And Prosciutto. Due to this mistake 7,000 copies of the recipe book are having to be reprinted at an estimated cost of twenty thousand Australian dollars. The offending recipe had a line that mentioned "salt and freshly ground black pepper" which the typo rewrote as "salt and freshly ground black people", ruining several dinner parties.
One has to wonder if the proofreader deliberately let this slip through then bought as many copies as possible. A mistake like that was so offensive that it couldn't possibly be kept in and the book would be recalled and reprinted. Anyone who actually owns a copy of the Pasta Bible with the faulty recipe should hold on to it as I'm sure it'll be worth something some day. If not, you can always terrify your children with the things you used to eat when you were younger.
I was trying to find a particlar image to go with this post when I ran across some old fashioned adverts from a time when "freshly ground black people" wouldn't have surprised anyone reading the book (although the concept of pasta would probably have terrified them). It was a simpler time, genteel in some ways, bloody awful in others.