The International Edible Book Festival ramps up today at locations around the world. “Everyone is invited,” says the Festival’s Web site, “individually and collectively, to this world banquet where delicious, surprising bookish foods will be consumed.” From the site:
April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. April fools' day is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the “books” are consumed on the day of the event. This ephemeral global banquet, in which anyone can participate, is shared by all on the internet and allows everyone to preserve and discover unique bookish nourishments. This festival is a celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book; it is also a deeper reflexion on our attachment to food and our cultural differences.Organizations and individual participants register to be part of this global festival. Today festivities are planned at many locations around the world. While most are real-time events, some are virtual, with people submitting their entries electronically. Check here to see if an event is happening in your area.