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[BKARTS] Edible Books A Call for Entries or Entrees & Tips for "Cooking" Your Own Book
To inspire and help book artists and book lovers who’re considering cooking
up a book
for the Los Angeles Book Arts Center’s annual Edible Book Tea Party on
April 2, we’re sending out these weekly updates and tips on creating edible
Our purpose is to celebrate the book arts – there is no competition or
judging, just the
joy of creating your own book and taking in the imagination of your fellow
Last year, our youngest participant was 5 years old – a testament to the
books have on our lives – and if she can do it, so can you!
TIP FOR WEEK 2
This week, we’re going to look at how to create your work of art out of
Now that you’ve selected a specific book and a specific character, scene or
illustrate, think about books in general and how you’ll turn your chosen one
* Will you be focusing on the book cover?
* Opening the book and designing a 3-D two-page spread?
* Perhaps you want to release your characters, scene or theme into a
different form –
turn it into a mobile, a miniature garden, or that item of clothing that
always reminds you
of your character?
Whatever form your book takes, the ingredients won’t be paper, ink,
glue. Remember, we’ve got to be able to “read” your book and eat it, too!
you choose must be edible, tasty and capable of sitting around outside a
'fridge for at
least five hours.
So, let’s take a trip to the market and think about the following:
* Are some foods Romantic? Mysterious? Silly? Scary?
* Do some foods remind you of your character, theme, or the era of your
* What foods are the colors you’re interested in using?
* Which food shapes reflect the ideas you want to convey?
* Which condiments can help out? Baking sprinkles? Mustard as a “glue”?
When you’ve got a short ingredient list going, here’s some more things to
* Do these foods have similar flavors in common? Will they work together not
visually, but as tastes? (Do you really want to eat a seaweed flag with a
on it? Using marshmallow fluff as a glue is a great idea, but perhaps not
* Will each food item be fun to work with? Will it “last” for the event?
* Will you need any special tools or molds, or to do any pre-cooking for the
It’s time to pull together your list of ingredients – with some potential
back-ups – because
next week, we’re going to do a trial run!
READY TO JOIN US?
Whether you’re thinking about bringing an entry, or just want to join the
here’s more information on the Edible Book Tea Party and a sign-up form, if
planning to bring an entry on April 2.
Remember, it’s FREE to enter and attend, though it will help us to know how
entries to expect on the day. Thank You!
WHO: YOU & The Los Angeles Book Arts Center
WHAT: The Edible Book Tea Party
WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2005
WHERE: Plummer Park Recreation Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West
WHY: To have fun and celebrate the book arts in all its entertaining and
EVENT DETAILS: Set-up for participants with edible books NOON – 1:30 p.m.
Open to public viewing 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tea Party – eat the books! 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
TO SIGN-UP, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND E-MAIL IT TO
(LABAC will not give out your e-mail address or other information)
Title of your entry:
Book & author your entry is based upon:
For more information, or to register your entry via phone, please contact
Lisa Deutsch at
310-657-2616, or _LAGourmet@xxxxxxxx (mailto:LAGourmet@xxxxxxx) .
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