Whenever I find a book I particularly like (especially when I began reading it with little or no expectation whatsoever), I feel like one of those lucky people who get their cake and eat it too. Thinking this, I absentmindedly Googled for "edible books". Upon realizing what I'd typed, I thought for sure I'd get a polite but firm "zero results found". To my shock I got "8,090,000" results!
This search result in particular hooked my attention : BOOKS2EAT the International Edible Book Festival. I couldn't believe (in fact, I'm still skeptical) that somewhere in this world people gather to celebrate this astonishing thing.
Here's what it says at this site :
The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event on April 1 throughout the world .This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented, then consumed. April 1st is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them.
(It's also a date that makes me think this whole thing is one gigantic joke. Turns out, the joke's on me)
Books2Eat can be celebrated with your family, friends, colleagues and public anywhere, the only rules are making edible art that have something to do with books as shapes and/or content. Document your event with pictures and video and share them via internet. Send us links to your webpage and don't forget to include the Books2Eat central website.
(Yeah, right! and give my friends and family a chance to dial the loony bin number they've had on speed dial since I first became a bookworm ;-)
The Edible Book was initiated by Judith A. Hoffberg over a Thanksgiving turkey with book artists in 1999, and became an international event through the artist Béatrice Coron Books2Eat website, for the first event in 2000. This annual event has become a sensation.
Here all this begins to take a tinge of undeniable authenticity. Does this mean I'll be heading to Santa Monica in a couple of days? I'm inclined to, but there's that loony bin thing. Just kidding!
I won't be able to, but I'd sure love to. I mean, which bookworm worthy of their name wouldn't want to?
If you're still not convinced, feast your disbelieving eyes on these beautiful, inspired and very creative EBs. I know which one's my fave. Check out the Books2Eat website for more fascinating info about this little known (at least to me) festival celebrating two wonderful things in life : books and food!