Edible book festival in Lathrop Library on April 1, 2016

Edible book festival photo

On Friday, April 1, 2016, the Stanford Libraries Acquisitions and Preservation departments, along with Kathleen Smith, the curator for the Germanic Collections, held a mini Edible Book Festival in Lathrop Library. Tiny sandwiches shaped like edible books This annual international celebration takes place on April 1st of each year and commemorates the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), the French gastronome who wrote one of the seminal founding works on gastronomy, Physiologie du gout or The Physiology of Taste. It also celebrates the playful spirit of April Fool’s Day by encouraging us to play with our food and to consume literature on a whole new level. The edible books on display in Lathrop Library included: "Lays Miserables," a pun on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables, by Sarah Forzetting; "Of Mice and Melons," a play on John Steinbeck's 1937 work Of Mice and Men, by Mary Wilkinson; "A Raisin in the Sun(chips)" by Suzette Caneda; Danish "Ham"let sandwiches by Alexis Manheim; and many more.

Bowl of potato chips with a small sign that depicts an unhappy creature

 A plate of melon slices 

A bowl of Sun chips with a raisin on top of a chip     A box of Danish pastry with ham     A plate of bean chips and a tiny bottle of Jack Daniels with speech bubbles attached to themA bowl of tortilla chips     A container of peanut butter pretzel bark     An orange with a Lego astronaut on top, holding a tiny flag

Mark your calendars for next year, and be sure to check out some of the other edible book festivals worldwide for more information and inspiration!

By Kathleen Smith