Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sweet Read

Devouring a good book is a special kind of pleasure. The concept takes on a whole other dimension this Saturday, April 4, when the good reads are served up as cakes, cookies and other tasty tidbits. Loganberry Books and Strong Bindery are the Cleveland co-hosts of the Edible Book Festival , a competition that celebrates the intersect of print and plate. The bookish banquet is actually an international event , held in cities all over the world on or around April Fool’s Day.

Here’s how ithe local gathering works: Participants bring their culinary creations- which in past years have included sheets of printed pasta and bound "pages" of peanut brittle- to the store on Larchmere. Entries must reference a particular title, character or text, or look like something you'd find on library shelves, but there’s a lot of room for interpretation. For many who get into this, humor is a main ingredient- think Ezra Pound Cake, The Chard in the Stone, Lard of the [Onion] Rings, The Invisible Gingerbread Man, and Reader’s Digest(ibles).

You can still register if you want to try for top honors in this year’s contest categories: Most Inspiring, Most Literary and Most Delectable. Contact Harriett at 216.795.9800 or Otherwise simply show up. Admission is free if you just want some food for thought. $3 gets you a fork, eating privileges, and a chance to vote for your favorites Viewing begins at 1 PM. Winners are announced an hour later, and then it’s time to dig in.

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