You Are What You Read.

Because I love books and love to read I have this quote from Rabelais’s Gargantua & Pantagruel hanging over my desk:

The philosophers, preachers, and doctors of your world feed you with fine words through the ears. Here we literally take our teachings orally, through the mouth. Therefore I do not say to you: Read this chapter, understand this gloss. What I say is: Taste this chapter, swallow this gloss. Once upon a time an ancient prophet of the Jewish nation swallowed a book and became a learned man to the teeth. Now you must immediately drink this, and you’ll be learned to the liver. Here, open your jaws.

I love the idea that books are food for the mind–as opposed to fish, which I was told when I was a kid is good brain food, in spite of the mercury, but that’s another story. The idea of books as food for the mind seems to be the inspiration for the International Edible Book Festival, usually held on April 1st or 2nd. Here are some of the tasty selections from yesterday’s event at Vanderbilt University Library:

Some coffee was needed to wash all that down and the name on the box–Lara–made me wonder if Dr. Zhivago was in the house.

12 Comments

  1. Bookstooge

    I have to admit, I much prefer the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie over the old one.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      There’s a lot about the new Charlie & The Chocolate Factory movie that is better than the old one–the songs are so much better, and it’s darker in a way that’s truer to Dahl’s original novel.

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  2. Allison

    That is some cleverness. Great event!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It’s really a lot of fun and I wished I could have stayed to eat some of the exhibits. The Charlotte’s web cake in particular looked pretty tasty.

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  3. Rakkelle

    Woa; an International Edible Book Festival…What a fantastic idea!

    I smiled at the images. Perfectly placed titles with delectable looking baked goods. Genius idea.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It really is a lot of fun, and some of the more punny ones–someone brought “A Pringle On Thyme” and someone else brought a tray of chocolates and called it “Day Of The Truffles”–cracked me up. It’s a fairly new event but hopefully there’ll be one near you next year.

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  4. Bryce Warden

    This is awesome. Gone With the Wind for the win! Witty and low maintenance.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Gone With The Wind was witty but I think the tastiest one was one not pictured–a collection of chocolate truffles called “Day Of The Truffids”.

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  5. Ann Koplow

    Delicious, Chris.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Thank you for this tasty comment that was not gone with the wind.

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  6. theorangutanlibrarian

    These are awesome! I love how Olaf looks like he’s drowning in the frozen one. heart of barkness makes me laugh! And I love the Charlie and the chocolate factory one!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It really is fun how creative people get with their “edible” entries. I’m just sorry I didn’t get to stick around and try any of them once the judging was done.

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