The BGC Library participated in the International Edible Book Festival for the second year in a row by hosting a very decorative arts and design –centric celebration of the event at the BGC on Wednesday, April 3.
Started in 2000 by an artist and a librarian, the International Edible Book Festival falls on or around April 1st each year and pays homage to the French gastronomer Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826). Bibliophiles and food lovers around the world gather locally and virtually to celebrate the book arts and the (literal) ingestion of culture by constructing books made entirely of edible materials. Their work is displayed, judged, and subsequently eaten, and photographs are submitted to the International Edible Book Festival website.
All members of the BGC community were encouraged to participate in the BGC Library’s second annual festival. Participants brought foods based on book titles, authors, and cover designs, and many contestants chose to represent books from the BGC Library’s collection. It was a pleasure to see on display the playful pride and affection our community feels for particular books in the collection.
BGC students, faculty, and staff from all departments arrived throughout the day to view and judge the submissions. They cast votes for the most appetizing entry, the best play on words, the best interpretation of the theme (i.e. the best “book”), and finally the best in show.
A blackberry cream cake by Karyn Hinkle representing Bee Wilson’s new book “Consider the Fork” was deemed “most appetizing,” while a clever group project by Christine Griffiths, Andrew Goodman, and Nicole Pulichene was “best play on words.” They used Alfred Gell’s classic anthropology text, “Art and Agency,” to create an apple TART and Agency with apricot “Gelly”!
Janis Ekdahl’s “Book of Tea,” hand-bound with packaged tea bags as the “pages,” was runner up in the “best book / best interpretation of the theme” category, but the winner of that award as well as winner of “best in show” by an overwhelming margin was Corrine Brandt’s incredible submission based on the late eighteenth century tract “American Cookery.” Corrine’s tidy and impossibly tiny hand-piping in toothpick-thin chocolate letters awed all who saw it, and truly embodied the spirit of Edible Books.
Further pictures of the event and more tasty, creative “books” are posted on the BGC’s website here.