"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." While Francis Bacon didn't mean for his words to be taken literally, the International Edible Book Festival turns book "tasting" into a reality. Originally created in honor of the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who wrote the book "Physiologie de Gout" ("Physiology of Taste"), the festival today is celebrated in more than 20 countries around the time of April Fool's Day. Featuring books created from cakes, sculpted fruits and vegetables, chocolate, macaroni, and other edible items, the festival allows participants to turn their favorite tales into a yummy treat.
On Sunday, April 6, the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library (115 South Ave.) will hold the festival 2-4 p.m. Prizes will be given for the winners of each group: ages 7-11, ages 12-17, adult amateur, and professional. The event will also include food tastings and products by Hurd Orchards, cooking demonstrations and tastings from Monroe Community College's hospitality program. For more information, call the library at 428-7300 or visit www3.libraryweb.org.