you can have your books… and eat them, too!

I’m not sure what I’m more excited about:

A) that an international Edible Book Festival exists and will be hosted by the New Orleans Public Library (Alvar Branch) on April 6, 2013; or

B) that I came to learn about this brilliant idea via SIFT, which, by it’s name, explores the intersections where Sequence, Image, Form, and Text converge, celebrating and facilitating an appreciation of and participation in the book arts within the New Orleans community.

I’m not sure what that even means but it sure does sound good.

OK. Moving on.

So SIFT is presenting the 2nd Annual Edible Book Festival, an annual event held at locations around the world, where participants create edible books that are exhibited, judged for fabulous prizes, and then devoured.

Participation in the event is free and open to all ages. For those not bringing an Edible Book entry, SIFT encourages a contribution of a canned food item to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.

What is an Edible Book, you ask?

An edible book is something “bookish” and made of 100% food materials. All entries must be made entirely of edible elements, as they will be consumed by the participants during the festival. Entries could be bookish through the integration of text, literary inspiration, or just being in a book-like form. It could look like a book, be a pun on a book title, a reference to a character, a scene from a book, or an artist’s book made entirely of edible materials.


To get your juices flowing, here are some clever Edible Book Festival entries from around the web:


After all entries are registered, community judging is opened up to all participants. This year’s award categories include:

Novel Eats
for most inspired use of literature or literary reference

Cooked Book
for best use or exploration of book-like structure

Upper Crust
best in show, adult

Bound for Greatness
best in show, ages 12 and under

An activity area will also be on site for kids to create paper puppets of famous literary characters and other hands-on activities. Music will also be performed by harpist Luke Brechtelsbauer at 1:00.

Who is Luke Brechtelsbauer, you ask? He plays original, Greek, Irish, Macedonian, jazz, Brazilian, Cape Breton and Honky-Tonk music on his harp.

Ok. That’s enough rad for one day. I can’t wait to share this post with my little bookworm. Art and books are her two favorite things. We’ve been reading Mo Williams’ Should I Share My Ice Cream a lot these days. Maybe there’s something there…

Written by Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Founder of parenting blog, entrepreneur, underestimated disorganized overachiever.


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