Did you hear about the recipe for churros that resulted in explosions causing burns to the victims? The recipe was published in a newspaper in Chile called La Tercera according to several news articles. The victims sued the paper and won damages. After an investigation, it was found that the recipe produced "violent explosions" splattering the ceiling and the person preparing the recipe.
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According to one article, the judge said that the recipe listed the wrong amounts of ingredients and that following the recipe made the damage unavoidable.
I wouldn't have wanted to test that recipe!
On this blog, I've mentioned before that frying food scares me. The splattering makes me way too jumpy. That's one of the reasons that I haven't made donuts or churros. Have you tasted churros? I had them once in San Diego and they were amazing! But I digress.
While this case was in Chile, it makes me wonder (maybe you too) about the liability in general involved with publishing recipes as food bloggers. I have no definite answer. And of course this is not legal advice, because everyone's recipe and situation is different. So please consult an attorney in your state (country) if you have a question. Ahem.
It usually never hurts to add a disclaimer, so maybe that might be a good thing for certain potentially dangerous recipes.
Sadly I was unable to get one. I was told that the magazine had been recalled and they were removed from all the stores. Yes, recalled. I've never heard of a magazine being recalled, so I had to inquire further.
The woman said that there was a recipe in the magazine with chestnuts, but that the chestnuts used in the picture to go with the recipe were not edible, so they did not want to mislead anyone and recalled the magazine.
I'll have to wait for the next issue. Probably a good move on the part of Hannaford's legal department. You just never know.
And now that I think of the line from the Christmas Song about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, that part suddenly sounds way more hazardous than merry. Maybe it's just me.
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