A little news item that caught my eye recently concerned an Australian publishing company that had to reprint 7,000 cookbooks, at a cost of £12,000, due to a typo.
The typo occurred in a pasta recipe (for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto) that called for “salt and freshly ground black people” instead of black pepper.
According to the report on the BBC website, “almost every one of the more than 150 recipes in the book listed salt and freshly ground black pepper, but a misprint occurred on just one page.”
Well, that’s all it takes – one mistake.
Bob Sessions, head of publishing at Penguin Group Australia was quoted as saying: “When it comes to the proof-reader, of course they should have picked it up, but proof-reading a cookbook is an extremely difficult task. I find that quite forgiveable.”
How great is that?
But all this is just an excuse for me to show you a wonderful youtube clip by US performance poet Taylor Mali:
Remember – “the red penis your friend.”