Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Eat your words and play with them too

My mom has always said I have a torrid love affair with books. Hmmm, since, somehow, I’ve always associated “torrid” with eating, *ahem* (well, you know! :P) doesn’t it make you wonder, what if you can actually eat your books?

I know, I know, such a horrible thing to say. But according to Blake Eskin of The Guardian, book-eating isn’t exactly unheard of. Yep. Apparently, there’s even an annual event that lets voracious readers eat their books!

The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event that takes place on the 1st of April (I swear this is true, not fooling anyone!). “This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment.”

The festivity was started by Judith A. Hoffberg, a California librarian, who got the idea in 1999 over Thanksgiving dinner and decided April Fool’s Day is the best day to observe it—which also happens to be the birthday of author Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, famous for his book The Physiology of Taste.

This year’s participants from England, from Brazil, from Mexico, from New Zealand, are transforming everything (egg tarts to jello to pies to meringue) to create their masterpieces. If you think about it, it’s actually a shame that these works of art are just going to be consumed after the celebration. However, after looking at the totally yummy amazing previous entries, dare I say: bibliophagy, anyone?


7 comment(s):

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food for thought...huh?

3/29/2006 12:29:00 PM  

Blogger agi said...

the title of the post itself is interesting. it made me read thru. great postings here....

3/29/2006 04:16:00 PM  

Anonymous Aggie said...

I have no doubt that if the BB's decide to cook up a storm of entries, they'll all be covered in Nutella!

3/29/2006 05:57:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Thanks, Indian. :D And welcome!

Oh, so true Aggie. :P Speaking of Nutella, Trollop and i were just talking about Mallomars.

For those who haven't tried it yet: take cracker, spread a thick THICK *sigh* coat of Nutella, put marshmallows on top, cover with other cracker. Then microwave. Voila! Cracker to die for. :D

3/29/2006 06:09:00 PM  

Anonymous Tart said...

It would be even better, if each page of the book was a different food. So, for example, if you felt like chips, you'd turn to page 42 and eat it. But, if you felt like chocolate, you could turn to page 129 and eat that too LOL.

And Harlot, those Mallomars things sound disgustingly good. I will have to try them LOL.

3/29/2006 09:25:00 PM  

Blogger Angel Jamie said...

hi everyone.. ei harlot, those mallomars sounds good, any suggestions on what kind of cracker though?

3/29/2006 11:21:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Hey AJ! How are you babe?

Any crackers would do. But Trollop love saltines. I prefer graham crackers. ;)

3/29/2006 11:41:00 PM