Wouldn’t it be terrific fun if the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were actually made of chocolate? A difficult page-turner perhaps, but Lisa Deutsch, president of the Los Angeles Book Arts Center, has been working on that very project with her pastry-chef brother. Why? For the fifth annual Edible Book Festival, this Saturday. The idea for the festival came about when Judith Hoffberg, a Santa Monica artist and book-art curator, was having Thanksgiving dinner with other book artists and conversation turned, as you might expect, to the previously unlinked topics of food and book art. Now, if you thought regular librarians were dainty and precious, add food sculpture and this book-arts crew gets downright twee. “There’s a squid book and some other books you might not want to eat,” Deutsch told the LA Times. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?
Every type of book—children’s classics, detective novels, biographies, romances—will be sculpted from a smorgasbord of foodstuffs. Imagine chocolate shoes whose tongues tell tales. Or, baklava books with pages made of filo dough. In past years, artists have designed text on mobiles made from fruit roll-ups that looked like stained glass and written poetry on growing lettuce, which was harvested for a salad.
Who said Angelenos don’t read?