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Edible Book Festival, at Alexander Library - Wed. April 17th

The Old Man(go) and the SPea, an edible book entry by Brady Smith in the 2012 Edible Book Festival at the Morris Library on the Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus.

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' 'Cook the Books: An Edible Book Festival,' which will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, from 10:30am - 12:30pm, 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 brand new e-book reader and prizes will also be awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners in each category.

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:

Posted March 25, 2013