Posted on | January 16, 2012 | 21 Comments
Last week I read one particularly thoughtful piece about reading deeply and reading for pleasure, written by a headmaster. It’s full of detail and will require you to spend some time with it, but I do urge you to read it. It was a highlight of my week. My thanks to Anne Harding, via whom I discovered item.
Last week I listened to one particularly interesting programme on the theme of reading mindfully. Part of Radio 4′s book of the week, Stop What You’re Doing and Read This, Tim Parks explored the idea of really attending to what we read. It certainly inspired me to be a little more thoughtful about what and how I read.
But, do you know what? Sometimes I don’t want to take time, and savour things. Sometimes I just want to gobble up a book. I want to lick my lips and wolf it down.
Well, here are the books we have literally been munching on the last few days:
We made our mini edible books from white chocolate and fruit leathers.
We melted a chunk of white chocolate just a little by placing it for a few seconds on a hot frying pan.
We then squidged it down on the fruit leather.
We then melted the other side of the chocolate a little.
Finally we folder over the fruit leather and pressed down hard. We trimmed the leather and then used a knife to tidy up the oozing chocolate, just spreading it out a bit.
We used just the tiniest bit of icing to give our books titles.
Once complete I left them in the fridge for an hour or so to harden up. When we came to eat them, they were actually yummy enough to make again!
I wish I could claim this idea as a Playing by the book original, but actually my inspiration came from Hungry Happenings. although she uses a different method to make hers.
We’re now experimenting with marzipan and chocolate books, and other tomes made out of kendal mint cake and chocolate… (if you’ve any further ideas for what to use, do let me know!)
For more edible books (make sure you’re not hungry when you follow the link!) click here: it turns out that there’s quite a worldwide movement of Edible Book Festivals, and even an “official” Edible Book Day – April 1. I quite fancy hosting a virtual Edible Book Festival – would you be up for it?
If eating a whole book would be too much for you then how about a poem, a word or even a just a letter or two? Do take a look at this gorgeous post from Resistance is Fertile. It ends with a home made out of poetry…
For just a letter or two you can salivate over Typolade – a German company that makes chocolates in the shape of printers’ alphabetic blocks. They’re a little like mini versions of the Dutch chocolate letters you get for Sinterklaas.
So, what do you say? Are you up for joining in a virtual Edible Book Festival? We all make something to eat on a bookish theme and then I’ll have a gallery of your images up here and link to your posts about what/why and how you created your Edible Book?