Sunday, 18 April 2010


"The horror!, the horror!". I felt like emulating Conrad's Kurtz when I first read the shocking story.

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" by confusing 'pepper' with 'people'.
Talking to The Sydney Morning Herald he sobbed."We're mortified that this has become an issue of any kind", adding "why anyone would be offended, we don't know."

Now Bob, you're Penguin's head of publishing, and you're that dumb?
They'll be 'offended' because there's lotsa money to be made in being offended. Bob, a whole industry has grown up around seeking out opportunities to be offended, and extracting large sums of spondoolucks from the offenders.
You know, it helps ease the pain.


Charlemagne said...

Oh boy, I can feel their pain from 12,000 miles away already!

George said...

I think that recipe is better with white people anyway...

Anonymous said...

Yip...I should bloody think he must reprint the cook books, we don't want anyone putting any nogs through the wood chipper for inclusion in a pasta sauce now do we..

Anonymous said...

One misprinted bible once had "Thou shall commit adultery" in it. Some mistake innit?