7th Annual International Edible Book Festival: Read ‘Em and Eat!


Another year, another AMAZING Edible Book Festival! The International Edible Book Festival is a celebration of food and literature, combining both into tasty fun! This year, we had an incredible variety of sweet and savory dishes ranging from cleverly simple to technically impressive. There was also liberal usage of props, much to our delight! It was exciting, to say the least. The event was again co-sponsored by the Food Studies Program and hosted in the Jennie King Mellon Library lobby. Our planning committee included Reference and Outreach Librarian Jocelyn Codner and Food Studies students Lore Pinder and Rachel Waugh.

Participants select a favorite book, or perhaps just a book that sparks inspiration, and they craft a food item or beverage that creatively interprets and represents that book! A few ways to accomplish this could be in a clever name (puns encouraged), the way the food item is decorated, the ingredients in the food item, or perhaps that particular food item was featured in the book. The result is a fun and delicious Edible Book. Participants bring their Books to the event, and lucky attendees get to taste and judge each entry!

At our Edible Book Festival, we offer five prize categories:

  • Most Sustainable (ingredients must be clearly marked as being organic, local, sustainable, etc)
  • Most Creative Literary Interpretation
  • Best Tasting
  • Crowd’s Choice
  • Grand Prize

This year we had the pleasure of Dr. Carrie Tippen, Associate Professor Marc Nieson, Dr. Alice Julier, and Archivist Molly Tighe as guest judges. They selected the winners of Most Sustainable, Most Creative Literary Interpretation, Best Tasting, and the Grand Prize. The 35+ attendees all voted on Crowd’s Choice. Keep scrolling to see who the big winners were and what kind of amazing Edible Books were submitted this year!


Our judges and Prize Winners!

Most Sustainable: Mikayla Wobrak and Albert Stanley for “Seoul Long and Thanks for All The Fish Tacos”

Most Creative Literary Interpretation: Lore Pinder for “Sweeny Todd’s A Little Priest Pies”

Best Tasting: Rachel Snyder for “Not All Tarts Are Apple”

Crowd’s Choice: Jade and Iris Marzolf for “Brucie’s Cake from Matilda”

Grand Prize: Kate Emory for “The Crepe Gatsby”

Click through the full gallery of the event to see photos of the books and all the fun!

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