By Emily Klose, 2009
By Sue Searing, 2011
No! Many of the colorful entries that illustrate this guide involve puns on well-known titles. But other past entries at the University of Illinois have simply depicted a book's cover, illustrations, or theme, using food as the medium. Still others were not based on any particular book, but rather explored the shape and functionality of the book as an aesthetic object.
Eating the edible books to conclude the event is fun, but it's not required. Some venues may have rules against eating on the premises. After some events, the artists take their creations home with them. At others, they are auctioned off. Certainly, you shouldn't let guests eat perishable ingredients, like dairy products or mayonnaise, that have sat unrefrigerated long enough to spoil.