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Have your book and eat it too -- at the Edible Book Festival

Water for ElephantsOn April 1, UNT Libraries invite you to eat books at Willis Library — but, not the books on the shelves.

At the UNT Libraries’ annual Edible Book Festival, cakes and other dishes will be decorated with themes of specific books. Members of the Denton community and UNT students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the festival, which is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Willis Library, Forum.

UNT students, faculty and staff members, along with members from the Denton community, are also invited to submit entries of completely edible representations of books in several categories, including Best Adult Nonfiction Book, Best Children’s Book, Best Non-Cake Book and Best Use of Chocolate, among others.

Over the past 10 years, entries have included everything from a line of soft drink cans to represent John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row”; a box of Alpha-Bits cereal next to a bowl to represent “The Great American Novel; Some Assembly Required”; and a fried egg and a ham steak dyed green with food coloring for “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Elaborately decorated cakes are always on the festival’s menu. Those who attend the festival judge the entries on originality and creativity, skill and construction, visual appearance and adherence to the theme of a book.

The UNT Libraries began its Edible Book Festival as part of the observance of the International Edible Book Festival, which is scheduled each year on or near April1. The date is the birthday of 18th-century French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who became famous for writing a witty meditation on food.

UNT’s Edible Book Festival is free to both those who want to enter a tasty creation and those who want to attend to judge and eat the books.

  • Contact Kristin Boyett, 940-565-2486, if you plan on entering a dish or would like more information about the event.

- Natalie Caballero, student assistant, News Promotions

(Above, a cake portraying the novel Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen created by student Briana Barrera

for the 2013 Edible Book Festival.)

Posted on: Wed 05 March 2014

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