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Eat This Book

By Melissa Feldsher in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 31, 2009 8:40PM

Cat in the Hat cake from Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
It’s always satisfying to finish a good book, but at the 10th Annual Edible Books Show and Tea we might want to pace ourselves. Voracious readers and eaters alike can take part in the culinary creations of skilled pastry artists. The rules are simple: “it can look like a book, it can act like a book, it can be a pun on a book” as long as it’s edible. The event is part of a global book-eating celebration honoring French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who was famous for writing about epicurean pleasures (he also has a cheese named in his honor).

All proceeds benefit Columbia’s Book & Paper Art’s Equipment Fund and the event will be held at Columbia College Library, which is also featuring Fahrenheit 451 as part of its “Big Read” program. This begs the question: would Ray Bradbury be okay with burning books if they were crème brulee?

Edible Books Show and Tea, Wednesday April 1, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Columbia College Library, 624 South Michigan, 3rd Floor-North, $10.