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Thursday, April 10, 2014

No Foolin’, the library has the coolest event in Stillwater on April 12! By Naomi

There are a TON of exciting things happening this spring at the library.  One of the events I am really looking forward to is the International Edible Book Festival on April 12.  For this event, participants (including YOU!) can make an edible food creation based on a book or book title.  Judges will award prizes to the best creations and the public will come and give a $5 donation to get bites of the entries.  Now is a great time to start thinking of ideas so you can be ready to participate. 

I am thinking of making an edible creation of my own.  I’m trying to decide whether to make a savory dish or a sweet treat. For inspiration, I am looking through some of the HUNDREDS of cookbooks.  Many of the books are centered on cake decorating and crafting with food, while others are just great to look at for ideas.

If you are thinking about making a dessert, you might try checking out

“Baking with the Cake Boss” by Buddy Valastro to learn techniques you could incorporate into your masterpiece. 

Another book that caught my eye is “Modern Art Desserts” by Caitlin Freeman, which shows you how to make food that relates to iconic works of art.  So, for example, you might make a cake that includes parts of images from a famous painting and pair it with a biography about the artist. 

If you are thinking about carving fruit or vegetables for your entry, take a look at

 “Play with Your Food” by Joost Elffers which contains over one hundred color pictures showing carving techniques.

If you want to work on this project as a family, “Fast Food” by Saxton Freymann is an easy book that the kids will love.

Need more inspiration?  Follow The Stillwater Public Library on Pinterest to view our board called “Edible Book Festival Inspiration.”  It will give you many awesome examples. 

Find more information about the festival and register for the fun on our website at

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