Penguin Books Australia Pulps Pasta Bible Cookbook - Racist Typo
Publisher Pulps Pasta Bible Over Offensive Typo
Bob Sessions of Penguin Australia said: "We're mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don't know."
The recipe should have read "salt and freshly ground pepper" a phrase used throughout the cookbook in many other recipes and Sessions puts the mistake down to poor proof reading and possibly a computer spell checking mistake.
The mistake will cost the company 20,000 Australian dollars that's $3,300 a letter.
The books are already on sale in shops at $20 each and these will not be recalled but anyone purchasing the book and finding it offensive can claim a refund or a copy of the reprinted book although Bob Sessions says that he feels that people taking offence would be "small minded".
Mr Sessions said the publisher would replace the book for any buyer "small-minded enough" to complain. The reprinting will cost £12,000.