Baking books

Edible Book Contest gives readers chance to shine in kitchen

A marvelous collection of sculptures was exhibited in the main gallery of the Blount County Public Library from June 17 until June 20. Except that, instead of marble or clay, these sculptures were made of 95 percent edible products.

This year, like each preceding year, the Edible Book entries just keep getting more creative and more stunning. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blount County Library, who provided the cash prizes, the 2010 Edible Book Contest had multiple categories and age levels.

Each entry was judged based on the following criteria: (a) Originality and Creativity; (b) Skill and Construction; (c) Visual Appeal; and (d) Tie-In with the Literary Work being depicted.

A first, second and third prize ($100, $50, & $25) was given in each of the following categories: (a) Juvenile (8-12 years old); (b) Young Adult / Teens (13-19 years old); (c) Adult (20+ years old). Special prizes of $100 were also awarded for Most Creative, Judges’ Choice, Viewers’ Choice and Best Depiction of Water.

Winners and the books their creations were based on were:


•1st - Siena Spanyer - The Mountain that Loved a Bird

•2nd - Shelby Tipton - Sliding into Home

•3rd - Betsy Schwartz - James and the Giant Peach

Young Adult:

•1st - Elizabeth Underwood - Walruses in the Arctic

•2nd - Clara Ross - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

•3rd - Sarah Whitson and Caitlin Blair - Poodlena


•1st - Kathryn Rollins - Peedie

•2nd - Audrey Barry - The Water Hole

•3rd - Tabitha Underwood - Pigs Love Potatoes

•Best Depiction of Water: Matthew Tipton - The Little Mermaid

•Most Creative: Becky and Dennis Barry - Square Foot Gardening

•Judges’ Choice: Clay Barry - Dragon Song

•Viewers’ Choice: Erin Wilson - Arlo Gets Lost

The contest was open to anyone 8 years old and older who has a Blount County Public Library card. Each edible creation had to depict a fictional or nonfictional literary work in the permanent collection of the Blount County Public Library.

Each food creation had to be at least 95 percent edible and made out of foodstuff.

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