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?
Labels: bibliophile’s affair