Cooks, book artists, and book lovers around the world are preparing to participate in the eighth International Edible Book Festival/Festival international du livre mangeable on or about April 1.
April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. April fools' day is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the "books" are consumed on the day of the event. This ephemeral global banquet, in which anyone can participate, is shared by all on the internet and allows everyone to preserve and discover unique bookish nourishments.
Participation rules are as follows:
1 the event must be held on April 1st (or close to that date)
2 All edible books must be "bookish" through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.
3 Organizations or individual participants must register with the festival’s organization (go to Registration) and see to it that the event is immortalized on the international festival website (www.books2eat.com).
For inspiration, see the many photos of entries in the first seven festivals, from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States. For example, a look at the 2006 Festival page can lead to the Montalbano Pizza, inspired by The Terra-Cotta Dog, an Inspector Montalbano mystery by Andrea Camilleri; to Japan's Edible Books; to a New York Center for Book Arts soirée with the theme of edible mystery thrillers, e.g., Black Coffee and Death by Chocolate; or to the Seattle Edible Books Festival with Catcher in the Rye, Dewey Decimeal (of course our favorite), and One Hundred Spears of Solitude.
Brillat-Savarin's Physiologie du goût (The physiology of taste; or, Meditations on transcendental gastronomy) is classed in 641.013 Gastronomy. The International Edible Book Festival, a festival of food and drink with the theme of the book, is classed in 641.079 Festivals of food and drink (641 Food and drink plus T1--079 Competitions, festivals, awards, financial support). Cooks preparing for the Festival are cooking for a special occasion (641.568 Cooking for special occasions). April Fool's Day is classed in 394.262 Holidays of March, April, May.