Edible Book Festival



Navigate through the pages of this guide to learn more about how we have celebrated books and creativity at Santa Barbara City College since 2009.

The International Edible Book Festival is held annually around April 1, the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food.

Libraries, bookstores, schools and colleges join in the fun, with different types of events, judging, and participants.

This “ephemeral global banquet” is shared on the internet, allowing all to preserve and discover unique bookish nourishments. Read more about it at the “books to eat” website and see many examples of creations from around the world at the Facebook page!

Questions? Email Elizabeth Bowman bowmane@sbcc.edu

image: A take on Joseph Heller’s “Catch 22″ by Becky Saffold


5th Edible Book Festival
April 1, 2014

Our 5th Edible Books Festival was held April 1, 2014 from 2pm – 4pm in the Luria Library. All in the SBCC community are invited to create an “edible book” inspired by a famous line, a favorite story or character, a pun on a title, or simply something edible in the shape of a book.

View a photo scrapbook here
2014 Prize Winners:

    Most Humorous – James and the Giant Peach / VIRGINIA STAWIECKI
    Most Like a Non-Edible Book – Very Hungry Caterpillar / BETH RUIZ
    Most Beautiful – Blue Water Gold Rush / BECKY SAFFOLD
    Most Delicious – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone /SERINA SOTO
    Most Like one of the Great Books – Great Gatsby / SBCC HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
    Most Like a SBCC Reads Book: The Things They Carried / MICHELLE BONE
    Judges’ Choice – Edible Schoolyard [on behalf of the SBCC Student Sustainability Coalition]
    Best in Show – Like Water for Chocolate/Como agua para chocolate / LAUREN PEIKERT
    Most Creative – Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / NATASHA MENDOZA AND LUZ GARCIA

Judges for 2014:

    Homer Arrington
    Sybille Kroemer
    Margaret Prothero
    Alice Scharper

Media Coverage

The Channels
The Santa Barbara New Press

Photo credits
Elizabeth Bowman
Ellen Carey


4th Annual Edible Book Festival
March 21, 2012

Our 4th annual Edible Books Festival was held March 21, 2012 from 2pm – 4pm in the Luria Library. All in the SBCC community were invited to create an “edible book” inspired by a famous line, a favorite story or character, a pun on a title, or simply something edible in the shape of a book.

View a photo scrapbook here

Judges for 2012: Faculty members Homer Arrington and Celeste Barber, Pegeen Souter (Student), and Chef Christopher Warrick.

2012 Prize Categories:

Media Coverage

2012 Entries
Find a list and photos of all the participants and their entries in our Flickr album!

Winners
Best in Show
Marie Antoinette
Lauren Peikert


Most Beautiful
The Frog Prince
Sybille Kroemer


Most Delicious
Water for Elephants
Becky Saffold


Most Humorous
Fight Club
Keegan Kidwell and Sarah West


Most Like a Book
Creme and Punishment
Michelle-rené Marmolejo


Most Like a Great Book
Sir Francis Bacon Essays
Candee Gyll


Most Like the SBCC Reads Book: Moby Duck
Moby Duck
Michelle Bone


Judges’ Choice
A Study in Scarlet
David O’Connor


Judges’ Choice
Big Fish
Lauren Reynolds


Judges’ Choice
The Lorax
Phi Theta Kappa


Judges’ Choice
The Princess and the Frog
Stephanie Cissell

Photo credits: Elizabeth Bowman and Valerie Campos


3rd Annual Edible Book Festival
March 23, 2011

The SBCC Luria Library hosted, with the School of Culinary Arts and the Great Books Curriculum, the 3rd Annual Edible Book Festival. Enjoy the photos of the 2011 winners and participants! Our 2011 Judges were: Professor Homer Arrington, English; Instructor Celeste Barber, English and SBCC Great Books Program Coordinator; Alex Kilauano, student and Library Intern; Christopher Warrick, Food & Beverage Manager at Portabella Bar & Grill, owner and chef at ChrisCanCook4U, Culinary Consultant (and soon-to-be Director of Food) at Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

View a photo scrapbook here

2011 Winners

Best in Show
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Jacqui Wou and Sybille Kroemer


Inspired by one of the authors of the Great Books
Catcher in the Rye
Lisa Dahni


Most Easy
Alice in Wonderland
Margaret Prothero and Toby Troper


Funniest/Punniest
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Savannah Flynn


Inspired by the 2011 SBCC Reads book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Immortal Mitosis
Christine Melvin


Best Visual Presentation
Jack and the Beanstalk
Pegeen Soutar and Josh Soutar


Best Collaborative Creation
Middlemarch
Alice Scharper and Phyllis Johnson


Highest Literary Merit
Murder on the Orient Express
Daniel Martinez and Ashley Poule


Most Nutritious
One Fish Two Fish
Michelle Bone


Most Appetizing
Treasure Island
Marcos Huston, Dani Mendez, Michelle Krakowski, Nick Sanchez


Least Appetizing
Naked Lunch
Jian Gedrick

Photo credits: Alex Kilauano, Valerie Campos, and Paige Alfonzo


2nd Annual Edible Book Festival
March 24, 2010

The 2nd Annual Edible Book Festival was great fun and widely covered by the local press. Enjoy the photos of the winners and the press coverage from the 2010 event! Our 2010 Judges were: Professor Homer Arrington, Instructor Celeste Barber, SBCC SCA Alum and Restaurant Owner Chef Chris Warrick, Current SBCC Student and Co-Manager of Buzz Shack West Chase Cahoon.

View a photo scrapbook here

Media Coverage

2010 Winners

Best in Show
The Jungle Book
Pegeen Soutar


Most Like a Book: tie!
Arabian Nights
Jasmine Anger


“Fast!” based on The Gingerbread Man
Angelina La Pointe


Most Tasty
Oh the Places You’ll Go!
Alyssa Valenzuela, Kristen Quito, and Heather Curtis


Most Humorous
Jaws
Fred De Lorenzo


Judge’s Choice
“Broken Wing” based on Wild Swans
Jacqui Wou

Photo credits: Valerie Campos, Elizabeth Bowman, and Joan Galvan


1st Annual Edible Book Festival
March 25, 2009

Santa Barbara City College Luria Library, School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management, and the SBCC Great Books Program joined an international tradition of celebrating our love of books and attachment to food at this first annual festival. Twenty-three edible entries from students, faculty, staff and Luria Library Friends Board Members paid homage to books — great literature and otherwise. Judges awarded prizes in the following categories: Most Like a Book, Most Tasty, Most Funny, Most Like the Content, and Best in Show.

View a photo scrapbook here

2009 Winners

    Best in Show
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Mara Bautista


    Most Like a Book
    Board Policies
    Leilani Browne and Chantille Marquez


    Most Tasty
    James and the Giant Peach
    Shannon Kenworthy


    Most Funny
    Cat’s Cradle
    Fred Delorenzo


    Most Like the Content
    Tortilla Flats
    Micki Petrocelli and Marllus Salgado

Photo credits: Elizabeth Bowman, Valerie Campos, and Joan Galvan