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Pearson Library Edible Books Festival 2014: Welcome

String of Pearls

Category: Best Overall

Creator: Julius Bianchi


The Mixed Up Chameleon


Category: Most Edible

Creator: Laura Hansen

The 101 Dalmations

Category: Most Humorous

Creator: Vicki Danko


The Great Gatsby

Category: Best Tasting

Creator: Madelynn Dickerson

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

Category: Most Creative

Creator: Henri Mondschein


Creator: Jennette Bristol

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Edible Books Festival 2014

Pearson Library

April 1st, 2014

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Event Highlights

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Contestants drop off  edible creations

3:00 p.m. Judging begins

3:30 - 4:00 pm Winners announced & prizes awarded


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!

The History of Edible Book Festivals

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:


Who Participates?

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:

  • Students and faculty in literature, art, history, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and other disciplines
  • Undergraduate students
  • Bachelor Degree for Professionals students
  • Graduate students
  • CLU administrative & office staff
  • Amateur bakers and chefs
  • Artists and designers
  • Members of campus clubs and organizations
  • Food lovers, dieticians, and food advocates of all types
  • Anyone with a quirky sense of humor
  • Anyone with a sweet tooth
  • Anyone who reads!


Explore Academic Library Edible Book Festivals

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

Subject Guide

Henri Mondschein
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