Cooking the Books: Edible Books Festival Showcases Tasty Creations

Coral Gables (April 09, 2012) — Book and food lovers converged to admire and enjoy tasty creations at the University of Miami Libraries’ third annual Edible Books Festival, held in the lobby of the Otto G. Richter Library on April 2. This year 24 entries were judged based on three separate categories: Wittiest Pun, Most Edible, and Best in Show. Close to 100 votes were tallied and the winners of this year’s festival were: Terri Robar, associate librarian professor, Best in Show for her submission “All Creatures Great and Small”; Ashley Ford and Tiffany Saulter for Wittiest Pun for their submission “As I Lay Frying,” based on Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying; and the team of Sherry Johnson, Andrew Prince, and Surya Cherian for Most Edible with “Sinful Delight,” based on Dante’s Inferno.

Combining readers and books in an unusual way, the event celebrates the International Edible Book Festival held each year on or around April 1. Participants create an “edible book,” which can be inspired by a favorite title, involve a pun, or simply be in the shape of a book, scroll, or tablet.

Entries were displayed in the Richter Library lobby. Participants and onlookers alike were then able to “eat their words” and dig into the entries.

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