Cookbook publishing, it’s very difficult

April 18th, 2010 by

Cookbook misprint costs Australian publishers dear.

So, a publisher in Australia managed to publish a cookbook with a recipe that called for “salt and freshly ground black people”.


I’m sure I would have had much more sympathy for said publisher, though, had he not been quoted as saying, “[W]hy anyone would be offended, we don’t know”, and “proofreading a cook-book is an extremely difficult task”.

I don’t know, I might not buy books from a publisher that finds it very difficult not to accidentally advocate grinding up black people.

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2 Responses to “Cookbook publishing, it’s very difficult”

  1. cim Says:

    I’d not have been surprised by a “We apologise for any offence caused, but we’re not sorry enough to do anything to make sure it doesn’t happen again” response, but that’s a few levels more dismissive still.

    I’m also not sure about what’s so impossible about a recall of previously distributed stock. Every other industry seems to manage, and I’d expect at least some bookshops would be keen to send the copies back.

  2. Iona Says:

    Yes – and you don’t even have to go as far as that. I worked in a bookshop for a long time, and on one occasion went round taking copies of a racist book off the shelves – not because we could send it back to the publishers, but because we didn’t want to be seen selling it.

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