Posted by: Prospector PJ28 MAR 2012
Sunday 1 April is Edible Book Day. No, this is not an April Fool. See the Books2eat website (www.books2eat.com) for some beautifully baked books.
Edible Book Day has been celebrated around the world since 2000 and involves the creation of edible books which are photographed and submitted to the website before being eaten. Contributions come from as far afield as Hong Kong, New Zealand, Morocco and Mexico.
Edible Book Day is held in memory of the French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826), famous for his book ‘Physiologie du goût’, a witty meditation on food. The website describes the purpose of the event thus: “This ephemeral global banquet . . . allows everyone to preserve and discover unique bookish nourishments. It is also a deeper reflexion on our attachment to food and our cultural differences.”
If you would like to enter your own book, perhaps with a pharmacy theme, for next year’s event there are only three rules: you must register via the website; you must hold your event on or close to 1 April; and “all edible books must be ‘bookish’ through the interpretation of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form”.
Sir Francis Bacon had his own thoughts on edible words, long before this event was ever dreamt up: “Some books are to be tasted, other to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”