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Eat Your Words: Edible Book Show Comes to Buffalo

In Edible Events on March 26, 2009 at 8:00 am



While the WNY Book Arts Center isn’t scheduled to officially open its doors until May 21st, co-founder Richard Kegler and his peers are providing an interesting opportunity for a sneak peek at this brick and mortar ode to the niche art of book making.  Kegler—one of the brilliant minds behind the world-renowned Buffalo-based type foundry, P22—looked forward to a time when the Edible Book Show would have a home here in Buffalo.


Now that he and his partner, Carima El-Behairy, are on the verge of opening the doors to the WNYBAC, it seems that the time for the Edible Book Show’s debut in the Nickel City has come.  On April 1st, anyone who is excited about small press books, food art, and, well, community, will converge on the Arts Center for the presentation, judging and devouring of artfully crafted edible books.


The Edible Book Show–an event that has a foothold in countries like Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, and New Zealand–is a tribute to French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), who is most well-recognized for writing The Physiology of Taste, an important and witty meditation on food.


Here is a link where you can observe some of the nifty examples of edible book art from around the world.  Book Show food artists use a wide variety of ingredients to sculpt their books—sheets of Japanese nori are used in place of paper, graham cracker books are bound with licorice whips, great tomes are carved from cake and so on.  Some look rather tasty, while others use food as a simple medium with no consideration given to flavor profiles. 


Awards are traditionally divided into categories like Most Bookish, Best Pun Title and Tastiest.  All entries must be entirely edible and must appear “bookish”.  Additionally, each artist should know that their books will be photographed, documented, judged, and eaten at the event.


If you’re not up for book baking (broiling, sautéing or blending), you can still come, just bring your favorite potluck dish; that way there will be enough food for everyone.  If you’re completely averse to the idea of kitchen work, a measly $5 will gain you entry to the event, where a cash bar and everyone’s well-made treats will be at your mercy.


Participants are asked to print out the registration form and bring it with them to the show, no RSVP is required. 


Edible Book Show

April 1st, 6pm (edible books should be delivered between 3:30 and 5:30pm)

WNY Book Arts Center

468 Washington Street

Buffalo, NY 14203


Posted by Christa Glennie Seychew


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