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The Edible Book Event began in 1999, when co-founder Judith Holmberg, of Santa Monica, California, got the idea during a Thanksgiving dinner with book artists. Since that time it has grown and become an international event.The festival honors French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book, The Physiology of Taste, a witty meditation on food. His birthdate is April 1st . He wrote, “The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity than the discovery of a new star.” Since 1999, Edible Book events have been held in places as far-flung as Australia, Brazil, , England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Russia, just to name a few!
What a sweet way to support our libraries! Everyone of all ages are welcome to come admire edible representations of books and see them judged by local celebrities. Not to worry, after the judging, attendees, entrants, and judges all get to eat the books! Entries are always 100% fit for human consumption and demonstrate the maker's interpretation of a book, theme of a story, a specific title or even a generic ‘book.’ Kids often bake and decorate cakes based on their favorite picture books, while adults might go abstract and use more complicated methods of construction. Past entries have included a Catcher in the Rye made out of vegetables, dip and rye bread; an Atlas represented by a globe carved from a whole watermelon a Very Hungry Caterpillar fashioned from cupcakes, Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham made of green eggs and ham and a fantastical Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz made of green ice cream cones.
The event will be held at the Florence Civic Center 90 Park St., Florence (next to Lilly Library) on Sunday, April 2, from 2 – 4 pm. Visit the Edible Book Northampton event on Facebook for updates, and the Forbes Library Edible Book to register.
Some create. Some attend. Everybody eats!