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Edible Books

I like doomed loveliness, things to admire and then destroy. Once when I got a new batch of checks I spent weeks painting the box an intricate paisley design before I used my last check and had to tear it open. Sand castles. Clean kitchens don't really count as art, but it's the same idea. Of course I would be a huge fan of edible books.

I made a timid attempt to hold my own edible book festival a while back. The first one was sparsely but enthusiastically attended, the second was a meager affair, and then there was nothing. Imagine my delight in learning that there would be one at my library! I worked up a couple of little books--I had decided to try fruit leather covers, but I didn't have much time to experiment. I can tell you that fruit tape is okay for binding, but my sugar-based glue was unsatisfactory. Fruit leather is hard to score, which might have been part of the problem. I did find a great source for wafer, a fabulous edible paper, and I have a lot of that to play with.

The library affair was last night and I was a little disappointed because no one really talked about their books. And they made it a contest, which is unnecessary in my opinion. And no one cooed over the sole juvenile entry, which was very clever if you ask this extremely biased close relative of the bookmaker (it was actually a menu, but kid-lit themed). However, I was heartened by the fact that it was held and attended and I do intend to work on a spectacular entry for the next one.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
You have read Oliver Jeffer's "The Incredible Book-Eating Boy," right?

Alice
koralleen
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
What? No! I will remedy that right away. Thanks!
lavidamd
Apr. 2nd, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
"I like doomed loveliness." That's all poetic and stuff. ;)

I'm sorry the book gathering wasn't what you had hoped for, but I think it's awesome that you and V made books. Too cool!
aramintamd
Apr. 3rd, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
"And no one cooed over the sole juvenile entry, which was very clever if you ask this extremely biased close relative of the bookmaker (it was actually a menu, but kid-lit themed)."

LOL! Cute!

Funny stuff... Gives the term devouring the text a whole new meaning...
vvalkyri
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
is fruit leather different from fruit rollups?
koralleen
Apr. 22nd, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, fruit leather is dried fruit puree. Fruit rollups are a sugary, oily concoction with artificial flavors and colors. I tried both, thinking the stickiness of the rollups would be helpful as binding tape. I was wrong, and now I have five rollups I keep trying to foist off on visitors.
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