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2nd annual Edible Books Festival, at Alexander Library - Mon. April 21

April 8, 2014
'Naked Lunch," an entry in the Libraries' 2013 Edible Books Festival

'Naked Lunch," an entry in the Libraries' 2013 Edible Books Festival

The 'Eat Your Words: 2nd Annual Edible Books Festival" flyer

The 'Eat Your Words: 2nd Annual Edible Books Festival" flyer

How would you represent one of your favorite books as a food item?

Different answers to that challenging question are the theme of the Libraries' 'Eat Your Words!: An Edible Book Festival,' which will be held on Monday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m, in the atrium on the lower level of Alexander Library. Rutgers faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and New Jersey residents, are invited to submit entries in the festival. Entries in the Edible Book Festival should represent a book's title, either verbatim or in parody/pun, through a creative preparation or arrangement of food. Entries must include the name of the person submitting the entry, the title of the submission/title of the original book, and a list of ingredients.

Entries in the Edible Books Festival will be judged in five different categories - puniest, best book structure, most edible, least edible, and public choice. One grand prize winner will receive a NOOK generously donated by Barnes & Noble. Prizes will also be awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners in each category.

As a special gastronomical treat Chemistry & Physics Librarian, Laura Palumbo, will dazzle the audience with a molecular gastronomy demonstration at 11:00 a.m during the festival.

This event is free and open to the Rutgers community and the general public.

The International Edible Book Festival was created by artists Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron in 2003 and is still going strong across many public & university libraries around the world. This festival is a celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book; it is also a deeper reflection on our attachment to food and culture. Hoffberg and Coron were inspired to create this festival by the work of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food.

If you have questions about this event please contact Megan Lotts, Art Librarian, at or 848-932-7189. For further information about the International Edible Book Festivals happening around the world please visit: