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Festival participants can have their book and eat it, too

April 01, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

MONT ALTO, Pa. - As part of the fifth annual International Edible Book Festival, Penn State Mont Alto's library will give visitors a chance to swallow some words.

The library will host its first "Books2Eat" celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The public is invited to admire and devour edible readables created by area chefs, artists and others. Everyone is invited to submit edible books for the free event.

"There is no contest. We will simply eat the works of art at 4 o'clock," said Johanna Ezell, head librarian at Penn State Mont Alto. She will retire in June, and views the unusual event as a way to "go out with a bang," she said.

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Carol Rinehart of Orrtanna (near Fayetteville, Pa.) plans to craft a children's pop-up book about gardening from pound cake, French butter cream icing, phyllo dough and sugar paste.

"This is going to be fun," said Rinehart, who has created a garden hat out of cheese and a sleigh from gingerbread. Her friend, Ila Reber of Hanover, Pa., will make the roses that will grace a storybook garden complete with a picket fence and trellis.

"We want the flowers to appear to be coming out of the cake, off the page, like a pop-up book," said Rinehart, who teaches watercolor painting and other noncredit continuing education courses for adults at Penn State's Chambersburg Center. "You get started in a book and it just engulfs you."

Steve Herb, director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Books, will be the featured guest at Penn State Mont Alto's Books2Eat festival.

Edible books should be delivered to the college's library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. All entries will be photographed for inclusion on the International Edible Book Festival Web site at www.colophon.com/ediblebooks. For more information, visit the Web site or call 1-717-749-6044.

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