Last night’s first ever, history in the making, Buffalo Edible Book Show was more successful than anyone could have imagined. Entries began arriving at our Washington Street building at 3:30 and didn’t stop for hours. Two pieces of bologna and mustard this was not. Buffalo creativity blows the roof off the joint again!
Buffalo was one of several US cities holding a show this year, which also included Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Portland, OR. For more on the worldwide festival see www.books2eat.com.
There were 36 amazing entries (several are pictured below); the level of creativity and fun (and taste) was far beyond expectations. Potluck ‘books’ ranged from the show winner, “Booklava” – The Odyssey printed on phyllo dough over baklava – to books made from bacon (and about Bacon), books in a series with a soundtrack, giant cake books with fondant octopuses and deep sea divers, healthy books of vegetables and fruit, and many more. And after the expert judging, we all got to eat them!
Prize winners were:
1) Chuck & Cara Matelliano: Booklava – an Edible Odyssey (Phyllo Dough, Baklava, Graham Crackers)
2) Shasti O’Leary Soudant/Lauren Maynard: Essay on the Essays of Francis Bacon (Bacon, Eggs, Scallions, Cheese)
3) Christa Glennie Seychew: Francis Bacon – The Major Works (Spar’s bacon, Liverwurst, Mustard, Bologna)
4) Stephanie Hawkins, Delish! Pastry Chef: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Cake, Chocolate, Sugarwork, Plastic figures)
5) Emily Booth: School Lunch (Peanutbutter, Jelly, Cellery, Apples)
6) Rebecca Farnham: Homage to Fromage (Parmesan Cheese, Parsley)
7) Brett Mikoll: The “Really” Good Book (Soy Paper, Chocolate, Paperwafers, Old Religions)
8) Adele Henderson: Do Not Bend (Crepes w/ Raspberry Preserves)
9) Jackie Carpenter: From The Honeycomb (Sugar cookie, print Gocco with frosting ink, frosting & Fondant)
10) Cassandra: KSZ (Chocolate, Icing gel)
11) Lily Booth: Miso Healthy (Carrots, Chives, Apples, Red leaf lettuce, Miso dressing)
12) Alan Checko: When You Wish Upon a Star (Cake, Icing, Fondant)
13) Olga Bajusova: Love is Going Through Stomach (Lasagna, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Tomatoes)
The WNY Book Arts Collaborative, host of the event, could not be happier with the turnout of entries and willing eaters. We are grateful to all, and can’t wait for next year. For more on the idea of Edible Books, and more pictures from the event, go to our website www.wnybookarts.org.
Photos: Christa Glennie Seychew