By Glen C. Davies, 2009
By Ed Hill, 2011
All photographs were taken by Bea Nettles during the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, annual Edible Book Festivals. They are used with the permission of the photographer and the original artists.
What's an Edible Book Festival? It's an event that features food shaped like, or referring to, books. Beginning with that simple and silly premise, much is possible!
Art librarian Judith A. Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron held the first edible book festival in 2000, after Judith conceived of the idea at a Thanksgiving dinner with book artists in 1999. Béatrice created the Books2Eat website with a photographic gallery of edible books and links to events worldwide.
For more background on the global phenomenon of edible books, visit the International Edible Book Festival website.
Edible books appeal to a wide range of people. Some are inspired to create edible books, while others come to admire the books and eat them. Participants may include:
Here's a sampling of edible book events at academic libraries. For links to edible book events sponsored by public libraries, bookstores, art centers, and library schools, see the "programme" section of the International Edible Book Festival site.