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Eat a good book

Saturday, April 8 marks our seventh annual Books 2 Eat celebration at the Millennium Library.

Come and feast your eyes on some amazing edible art pieces inspired by books and created by food lovers of all ages! Celebrity judges, including emcee Chrissy Troy of 103.1 Virgin Radio, will announce the winners at 3:30 pm.

But there’s lots more to enjoy at Books 2 Eat…

  • Browse through a buffet of hands-on family activities from noon to 3 pm: sample healthy treats, try cookie decorating, and play with your food at our games and technology stations!
  • From 1 to 2 pm, families can enjoy a tasty story time filled with mouth-watering tales and a pinch of tasty verses – plus a chance to get hands-on and decorate your own delicious sugar cookie. (Registration required; call 204-986-6488.)
  • Hunt down food-related clues through all four floors of the Millennium Library! Kids and teens can pick up a smorgasbord scavenger hunt sheet at the Children’s Desk. Hand in your answer sheet (right or wrong) by 3 pm and you’ll be entered in our prize draw.
  • Help nourish other families in the city! Winnipeg Harvest will be on hand to share information on their services and to take donations of non-perishables.
  • Enter a draw for a chance to take home some delectable door prizes including baked goods from Chew.

Still hungry? Check out our website for more details!

Danielle

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Books 2 Eat 2016

17302445942_642f6ce073_oEvery year, the Library Board of the Winnipeg Public Library organizes  “Books 2 Eat,” a fabulous edible art exhibition. This year’s Books 2 Eat will take place on Saturday, April 16 at the Millennium Library.

Love books and/or food? You’re invited to create an edible piece of art! The only two essentials are that your creation must be: made entirely of edible materials, raw or cooked; and fall under this year’s broad theme of “poetry” to celebrate National Poetry Month. How you choose to interpret the rules is part of the fun!

How to Enter
Visit the Books 2 Eat website, fill out an online entry form, and email it to Books2Eat@winnipeg.ca. The deadline to submit an entry form is coming up on Monday, April 11. Of course, your edible creation doesn’t have to be dropped off at the Library until April 15 or 16.

But there’s lots more to enjoy at Books 2 Eat, even if you aren’t tempted to try your hand at edible art.

Think you can hunt down food-related clues through all four floors of the Millennium Library? Kids and teens can pick up a smorgasbord scavenger Hunt sheet at the Children’s Desk and find out! Hand in your answers (right or wrong) by 3 pm and you’ll be entered in a draw for prizes.

From 1 to 2 pm, families can enjoy a delectable story time filled with mouth-watering tales and a pinch of tasty verses – plus a chance to get hands-on and decorate your own delicious cupcake. (Registration required; call 204-986-6488.)

Browse through a buffet of snack-sized displays! Watch cooking techniques demonstrated and try your hand at food-related crafts and activities from 12 to 3 pm.

And, of course, you can feast your eyes on a buffet of Books 2 Eat creations and  enter a draw for a chance to take one of the edible artworks home. Join emcee Chrissie Troy to find out who the scavenger hunt champions and the lucky winners will be.

Still hungry? Check out our website for more details.

Bon appetit!

Danielle

Let them read cake

13698449723_c09dc166fc_zEvery year, the Library Board of the Winnipeg Public Library organizes a fabulous “Books 2 Eat” event. This year’s Books 2 Eat will take place on Saturday, April 25 at the Millennium Library.

For the fifth year, we’ll hold an edible art exhibition and competition. Book and food lovers are invited to create an edible piece of art that has something to do with books. Those are the only rules – how you choose to interpret them is part of the fun! Think S’more and Peace, Alice in Wonderbread, Goodnight Moon Pie… (If you’re looking for more punny inspiration, try this list that starts with Banana Karenina and only gets sillier from there.)

The Challenge

  • Your creation can refer to a title, scene or character, look like a book or book cover, or just have something to do with books. It must be made entirely of edible materials, raw or cooked.
  • Enter in one of 3 categories: Family (adults collaborating with kids under 14); Amateur (14 & over); or Professional/Culinary School Students.
  • All edible entries will be put on display and a prize winner will be chosen by public vote.

How to Enter
Visit the Books 2 Eat website, fill out an online entry form, and email it to Books2Eat@winnipeg.ca. The deadline to submit an entry form is coming up on Monday, April 20. Of course, your edible creation doesn’t have to be dropped off at the Library until April 24 or 25.

13698438323_22ae7cab16_zBut there’s lots more to enjoy at Books 2 Eat, even if you aren’t tempted to try your hand at edible art.

Think you can hunt down food-related clues through all four floors of the Millennium Library? Kids and teens can pick up a Smorgasbord Scavenger Hunt sheet at the Children’s Desk and find out! Hand in your answers (right or wrong) by 3 pm and you’ll be entered in a prize draw.

Older foodies can whet their appetite at talks by Rachel Isaak, from Sam’s Place café and used bookstore, and Parlour Coffee’s Nils Vik.

At the end of the day, the winner of the edible art contest will be announced, and light refreshments will be served.

Check out our website for all the details on what’s happening as part of Books 2 Eat. Bon appetit!

Danielle

Nourishing books

The Library’s annual Books 2 Eat event is fun for everyone: kids, adults, chefs, and those of us who just love to eat! If you’d like to throw your toque in the ring and create an edible piece of art inspired by a book, check out some photos of past entries on Flickr, or the Edible Book Festival’s website.

Organizing this event always makes me hungry to read food-related books. Of course, the Library has a vast selection of cookbooks, but in today’s post I’m looking at the narrative side of the menu. If you’re a mystery reader, you probably already know that professional kitchens have an unusually high murder rate. Diane Mott Davidson‘s series featuring caterer Goldy Bear — with recipes! — was one of the first, but now there are dozens of food-related mysteries set everywhere from donut shops (written by Jessica Beck) to coffeehouses (Cleo Coyle) and tea shops (Laura Childs). There’s even a popular series of White House chef mysteries by Julie Hyzy.

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That’s not hygienic kitchen wear…

But lately, romances have been heating up too. Amanda Usen and Louisa Edwards both write popular series featuring chefs & restaurateurs who fall in love. Another category that seems to be “mushrooming” is the food-related memoir — and not just the classics such as M.F.K. Fisher’s The Gastronomical Me and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential butterGabrielle Hamilton’s bestselling Blood, Bones and Butter appeared on many best-of-the-year lists when it first appeared. It’s a charming, “unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years.” index.aspx Amateur chefs have added their stories as well, like Bill Buford’s Heat, a chronicle of his experiences working as unpaid apprentice to Mario Batali in the small, chaotic kitchen of Batali’s three-star New York restaurant. And in Beaten, Seared, and Sauced, Jonathan Dixon lived the dream of thousands by signing up to train as a professional chef at the Culinary Institute of America.

Still hungry? Check out AbeBook’s list of the 50 “best” food memoirs, or this list of Food & Drink-themed mysteries. Bon appetit!

Danielle

Devour a book

The Book of Pi(e)

“Jurassic Pork,” anyone? How about “Harry Potter and the Deathly Mallows”?

Every year on or around April 1, the worldwide Edible Books Festival  invites book lovers, chefs, and anyone who enjoys a good pun to create an edible piece of art that has something to do with books. On March 31, the Winnipeg Public Library and our Library Board are holding our second annual Books 2 Eat event.

The Challenge: Your creation must be made of edible materials and be inspired by a book in some way: pun on a title, refer to a scene or character, create a book or book cover lookalike… That’s the only rule – how you choose to interpret it is part of the fun!

How to Enter: Send an email with your name, phone number, email address and “book” title to Books2Eat@winnipeg.ca or mail the information to Books2Eat, c/o Reader Services, Millennium Library, 251 Donald St, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3P5.

• Enter the appropriate category: Adult, Kids (14 and under), or Professional/Culinary Schools.
• The deadline to send in your entry form is March 23.
• The edible entries themselves can be dropped off on March 30 or 31.
• On March 31, all entries will be put on display and judged on various qualities such as “Most Bookish” or “Best Pun.”
• Culinary school entries will also be served at the end of the day, so bring your appetite!

Talks about cooking techniques featuring local chefs plus a food-themed children’s storytime & craft circle will be going on at the same time. All of this is absolutely free and open to the public.

Books2Eat Books 2 Eat 2011 was attended by over 100 people and received dozens of entries, including this Roald Dahl-inspired cake. Check out some more photos of last year’s fabulous entries on the Library’s Flickr account, and start planning your entry today!

Danielle