Take a bite out of a good book

Honors Seminar crafts literary works into culinary creations

Marshall University Professor Christine Ingersoll’s Honors Seminar class presented their edible book themed arrangements yesterday afternoon in the John Deaver Drinko Library’s Atrium.

A few of the books presented were “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“It’s an international event,” Ingersoll said. “I met the lady who started this at a conference many years ago in Texas, and it happens all around the world. In this course they are writing blogs. I’m trying to get them to think outside of the box and use different media to express ideas and things in different ways.”

Throughout the semester students have been posting to a blog about what they have learned about books.

“It’s ‘The Lorax’ and that has such vivid illustrations I thought it would translate really well into an edible book,” said Mariana Pittore, senior.

Pittore said it took her two tries to make the actual lorax and the arms are made of rice crispy treats and modeling chocolate.

“I did the ‘Animal Farm’ and it was like a pun, because the animals rise up and destroy everything and they end up destroying themselves, so I made a deli tray,” said junior Alexis Smith.

Senior Krista Hudson baked a cake representing “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

“I really liked that book since the first time I read it in third grade,” Hudson said. “It was one of my favorite books. I baked two cakes and the first one fell apart. Making the wardrobe was also really hard, I first tried with graham crackers and they fell apart.”

Prizes were awarded to some of the top cakes selected by a panel of judges.

Taylor Jenkins and Autumn Tolliver won the Best In Show award for “The Hogwarts Feast.” 

“The Great Gatsby” spread made by Amy Lewis won the Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous award.

The Most Delectably Appetizing award was given to the “Animal Farm” cake made by Alexis Smith.

Erin Fankhanel and Adee Elhamdani won the Most Pun-derful award for “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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