[Tom Biederbeck] The International Edible Book Festival is held every year around April 1 — an appropriate day to, in the words of the festival’s organizers, eat your words and share a book.
Cities around the U.S. will be celebrating; Chicago’s Books2Eat will be held April 3. Read on for venue and menu.
Food in literary form — or is it literature in food form? — is on the carte du jour at Books2Eat, where the books are represented in transubstantiated vittles, then ritually consumed in a literary, if not quite Dionysian, festival. The Chicago version features the theme “Comics and Graphic Novels” and will take place Tuesday, April 3, at the the Columbia College Library at 624 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor North. Viewing and voting will be 6–7 p.m. Books will be devoured 7–8 p.m. The public is invited — admission $10, but free if you submit an edible book.
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”
— Sir Francis Bacon, ca. 1600
While we’re on the subject, check out this article on what purports to be the world’s first edible cookbook.
Images at top of post, from left: “The Book of Pi” by Stephanie Krause and Robert Christie, “Sushi Book” by Jennifer, “Maccheronitree” by Michael Bensman, “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris