Category: Best Overall
Creator: Julius Bianchi
Category: Most Edible
Creator: Laura Hansen
Category: Most Humorous
Creator: Vicki Danko
Category: Best Tasting
Creator: Madelynn Dickerson
Category: Most Creative
Creator: Henri Mondschein
Creator: Jennette Bristol
What's an Edible Books Festival? It's an event that features food shaped like, or referring to, books. Beginning with that simple and silly premise, much is possible!
Art librarian Judith A. Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron held the first edible book festival in 2000, after Judith conceived of the idea at a Thanksgiving dinner with book artists in 1999. Béatrice created the Books2Eat website with a photographic gallery of edible books and links to events worldwide.
· The festival commemorates the birthday (April 1st) of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, (The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy) a witty meditation on food.
For more background on the global phenomenon of edible books, visit the International Edible Book Festival website: www.books2eat.com
Edible books appeal to a wide range of people. Some are inspired to create edible books, while others come to admire the books and eat them. Participants may include:
Here's a sampling of edible book events at academic libraries. For links to edible book events sponsored by public libraries, bookstores, art centers, and library schools, see the "programme" section of the International Edible Book Festival site.
This guide has been adapted with permission from Susan E. Searing of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign