'Edible Books' join CPIT collection

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27 Mar 2013

CPIT has many different types of books, but for one day, on 5 April, the CPIT library will add edible books to their collection.

The Edible Book Festival has been held in universities and tertiary education institutes around the world since 2000 as a fun celebration of food and the written word and to commemorate the birthday of French gastronome Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826).

“The idea is that edible creations of any kind are based on the title of a book,” says event organiser Julie Humby, who is CPIT’s Art Curator and Library Promotions. “You can let your imagination go and be creative - it doesn’t have to be a cake and it doesn’t have to take hours slaving over a hot stove.”

Edible books

Examples from the event internationally include witty and imaginative entries such as angry faces drawn on grapes (‘The Grapes of Wrath’) and a bowl of beans with a bottle of Jack Daniels (‘Jack and the Beans Talk’).

The edible book entries will be displayed in the library (Rakaia Centre, Madras Street), photographed, judged and then devoured. Prizes will be awarded at 12.15pm for the best entries in:

  • People’s Choice 
  • Best Interpretation of a Book
  • Funniest Entry
  • Most Delectable Entry
  • Most Imaginative Entry

This will be the first time CPIT has hosted the event after plans for the 2012 event were put on hold.