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Australian Cookbook Calls for "Freshly Ground Black People"

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The 2009 paperback cookbook Pasta Bible from Penguin Books Australia had an unfortunate misprint, calling for "freshly ground black people" in a recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto.

The company chose to pulp and reprint 7,000 copies of the cookbook, costing Pengiun $20,000 Australian (~$18,500 US), the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Bob Sessions, the head of publishing, told the SMH that he couldn't possibly fathom why people might have found the copyedit fail offensive: "We're mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don't know."

· Penguin reprints book, peppered with an error [SMH]
· Penguin Books: Pasta Bible [official website]

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