Cookbook Reprinted after "Ground Black People" Typo

An Australian publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with "salt and freshly ground black people," which should have been black pepper.

Penguin Group Australia's head of publishing, Bob Sessions, acknowledged the proofreader should have caught the "silly mistake."

He told The Sydney Morning Herald for a story printed Saturday that, "We're mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don't know."

The typo was in the "Pasta Bible" recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto.

Sessions said the publisher would replace the book for any buyer "small-minded enough" to complain.


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  • by Tom Location: Bath on Apr 24, 2010 at 09:42 PM
    That sounds like one bitter pasta recipe to me.
  • by derrrr on Apr 24, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    what have all your racist innuendo got to do with this cookbook? go make yourselves a cookbook then, youll show em!
  • by @Mikeee on Apr 23, 2010 at 08:38 PM
    I also work in social work and I know exactly what you mean. Thing is, we gotta keep giving it to them!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:45 PM
    there is an entire group of people who cannot survive without blaming others, being victims, and living off of other's tax money. Its time to grow up and stop blaming others.
  • by to mikeeee on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    Maybe she will and maybe she won't. She might just be wishing welfare will come back so she can get on it. I have a nice vehicle and park my car right at the door. Yet I don't live in Greenville, but you and your gossiping sister want to come to Williamston you can see me at the door.
  • by mikeee Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    My sister is a Social Worker... we love sharing stories of how the nice people on welfare park there EXTREMELY nice vehicles 2-3 blocks from the office and walk inside for their evals..However, seeing how we both (me and my sister) worked our way through college, I'm confident that she would be very happy and wouldn't have a problem finding another job when welfare is done with!
  • by to all on Apr 23, 2010 at 03:33 PM
    I cannot believe people are still posting on this story. Wow I think the white people are more offended than the blacks. If you weren't you would not keeping commenting. The people who are the nuts are the ones who has to reprint the books.
  • by ground white person on Apr 23, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    this story has nothing to do with race relations, its a typo, which i think its hilarious, and would think it was hilarious if it said 'ground white people' i think black people should stop worrying about representing their race and represent themselves. you cant speak for everyone, so why try? and white people need to realize that 'black people' should not be referred to collectively but as the individuals they are. white people have the same problems black people do, except they dont try to 'own' the color of their skin, make things into a 'white people issue'. you are all individuals and should be respected as such, by yourselves most of all--thats to everyone.
  • by OMG!! Seriously!!!! on Apr 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    To concerned: No I am actually black but what you all fail to realize is that we are viewed the way we are beacause of the way we act. If we would represent our race by our intelligence instead of our ignorance...we would probably get more respect!! Thank about that!!! We act stupid and we keep talking slavery, slavery, slavery...that's why we get no respect! We harp on bs that doesn't matter anymore. Move on and get some respect! Do something good yourself instead of taking the credit for what was done in slavery days...by YOUR ancestors!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    Long ago there were white slaves as well. Do we get past compensation?
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