Edible books; Of Star Wars, Seuss and Pride and PreJUICEdice
Published 10:23 am Monday, April 3, 2017
The first Edible Books Festival at the Austin Public Library brought out 16 entries — and lots of oohs and aahs from library-goers over the weekend.
Contestants made entries to resemble a book, a favorite literary character, or a scene from a story.
There were lots of cake entries — some looking very professional, with fondant frosting — whereas others used food techniques that were astonishingly lifelike. The entry by Amanda Kestner showed a open book of “The Tale of Despereux” that drew raves by visitors. Those attending could vote for their favorites, with winners earning prizes.
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“It was very hard to choose,” said Carol Gilbertson, as she surveyed entries on Saturday with friend Nancy Rohne. “Some I like for their creativity; some I like for the color. It’s hard to choose.”
She was particularly taken by a children’s entry of a “Star Wars” story, that included Princess Leia’s braids — made of Oreo cookies.
“It’s all such a good idea; anything that draws people to books,” Gilbertson added.
Others drew humor. Adult Services Librarian Courtney Wyant — who organized the event — could not help but include her favorite, “Pride and Prejudice,” by creating a small display of two dolls with heads replaced by mandarin oranges, and a juicer heaped with mandarins.
The point? “Pride and PreJUICEdice,” of course.