April 1st is approaching. As well as being April Fool’s Day, it is the birthday of Brillat-Savarin, author of Physiologie du goût. In celebration of this date, Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron organised the first International Edible Book Festival. It took place in 2000, and has since spread to many locations around the world.
The Books2Eat website states: Everyone is invited, individually and collectively, to this world banquet where delicious, surprising bookish foods will be consumed. Participation rules are as follows: 1 the event must be held on April 1st (or close to that date) 2 All edible books must be “bookish” through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form. 3 Organizations or individual participants must send a link to their photo album or upload pictures on Facebook and see to it that the event is immortalized on the web and share the fun. You can find more updates and information on the Facebook page. Of course, edible books occur at other times of the year too. There is the library cake by Kathy Knaus
and the stack of edible books baked for The Princeton Public Library’s 100th birthday.
But it’s not all cake. Edible (or drinkable) books come in other forms. There’s the lasagna recipe that you can cook and eat. The pages are embossed on actual sheets of pasta. The drinkable book goes beyond being a novelty into the realm of preventive medicine. The pages of the book are water filters that remove more than 99.9 % of bacteria from drinking water. You can read more about the project here and at WaterIsLife. So celebrate Edible Book Day on April 1. Make an edible book-themed food and share it at a local event. (Check your local public library: public libraries in many places are participants.) Or just make something bookish to have at home. Chicken soup with alphabet noodles would do at a pinch.