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Yesterday’s Edible Books event was filled with tons of great entries, many made by people under the age of 18. And it helped raise money for our local Book Arts League, which does workshops throughout the Denver Metro Area.

After things fell apart, I ended up with two entries. Not great photos, but here goes:

Edible Book

California Job Case

Edible Book II

Gingerbread Tunnel Book

The professional entries, from two local shops, were amazing as usual. Slices and cupcakes from these were sold to benefit the Book Arts League. Indulge Bakery made The Very Hungry Caterpillar, covered in fondant plums, strawberries, ice cream cones, and more.

Edible Book III

Indulge Bakery!

Piece, Love, & Chocolate made a copy of Brillat-Savarin’s masterpiece complete with chocolate tea cups filled with chocolate cake. If you’re in the area, they are having their grand opening April 28th.

Edible Book III

Piece, Love, & Chocolate!

Just finished reading: Cart and Cwidder, Drowned Ammet, and The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne-Jones. Book four of this series, Crown of Dalemark, is waiting for me at the library. The Spellcoats is a great book for weavers, by the way!

Currently Reading: 13 Treasure by Harrison.

Currently Listening To: Little Britches by Moody.

“Taste, which enables us to distinguish all that has a flavor from that which is insipid.” – Brillat-Savarin

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I have begun the attempt at edible books for tomorrow’s Books 2 Eat event. I was planning two things, one simple and one complex.

The simple thing I was making fell apart. Turns out, brownies really don’t like coming out of those flexible mini brownie pans easily, no matter how much you grease the pan. Brownie chunks and crumbs everywhere. This is why I started so many days in advance, because you have to figure out what will actually work. I’m going to try making either chocolate butter cookies that look like blocks or just using Andes mints.

Next up I will be making more gingerbread for the complex thing. I’m trying to make a gingerbread tunnel book, complete with train headed for the tunnel. An archivist friend loaned me her remarkable collection of train cookie cutters, some even custom made! The tunnel book will look nothing like these amazing structures. Yikes. Need to get candy, pull-apart licorice stings, and fruit rollups at the store, plus loads of powdered sugar to make frosting/cement.

“A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.” – Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart