Night and Day: Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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‘Krispi Henge’ from a previous version of the Edible Book Festival.
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Cooking the Books

The World Is Flatbread. The Da Vinci Cold Cuts. A Million Little Pieces of Pie. The possibilities are endless when UNT hosts the North Texas venue for the Edible Book Festival. You read that right. The international event started in France in 2000 and features books made out of edible materials by amateur entrants. (It takes place in early April to coincide with the birthdate of the pioneering cookbook author Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.)

The most common items at these festivals appear to be cakes or pastries decorated to look like books, but you’ll see more whimsical items as well. They might be as ornate as Maki Takahashi’s fruit carvings that resemble medieval illuminated manuscripts, which were submitted in New York’s festival two years ago. Or they might be as low-tech as one previous entry at UNT, consisting of Alpha-Bits cereal poured into a bowl and labeled “The Great American Novel (Some assembly required).” Either way, it should be a fun spin on the reading experience. Best of all, for the full $5 admission fee, you’ll get to consume one of the entries. Eating someone else’s words figures to be more fun than eating your own.

The Edible Book Festival is 2-4pm Mon at the Rare Book Room of UNT Willis Library, east of Highland St & Av C, Denton. Admission is $2-5. Call 940-565-2769.


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