Must admit, I have just come back from attending a wonderful annual event. Not only does April 1 represent ‘April Fool’s Day‘ but it also marks the return of the ‘International Edible Book Festival‘ which is now in its 14th year. A number of countries from around the world enter and register their event at www.books2eat.com.
The rules are pretty simple. Find a title or theme of a book (fiction/non-fiction) and create a simile, replica, depiction that you think best represents that book. The requirements for judging are that it should be: edible or represent food as well as books at he same time. Category winners are put to the popular vote by attendees. Based on the most popular votes in various categories, winners are awarded prizes or recognition. At the conclusion of the event, the items proffered for the competition are deconstructed, devoured and enjoyed by all attendees at the event.
The origin of the event is attributed to the French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillet-Savarin who wrote a witty meditation on food, “Eat Your Words”; one April Fool’s Day.
The above are two of my favorites from the night:
- Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
- A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway) – notice how the gingerbread men are totally ‘armless’?’
Bon appétit! I have other examples in my Edible Art page.