It is every child’s fantasy to have a world populated with objects that are, not just edible, but delicious. Everything from edible pencils to edible dolls was the stuff of dreams as a child. Maybe this seed was planted, at least for me, by the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where nearly everything within grabbing distance was sublimely delicious:
Regardless, the whimsical notion of edible objects, especially everyday objects like books, clothes, and even tableware, is an enduring bit of fun in the adult world, carried over from childhood. The latest addition to the edible object assembly is an edible cookbook. Sure it would be enough just to have a book that, once read, could actually be devoured. However, this book provides somewhat detailed instructions on how to cook a lasagna, while simultaneously being the lasagna as well (see pictures here).
Called the “Kochbuch” (which is German for “Cookbook”) the recipe is actually printed upon pages of dried lasagna pasta, which make up the building blocks of the lasagna. Hardly a practical idea, as this is a single-use book and not recommended for home chefs who gloss over the details, as there is no going back once cooked, it is a fairly beautiful use of an innovative concept. But to be sure, there have been countless edible items that have preceded this book idea.
There were the odd and impractical edible neckties made of dried plum courtesy of two Russian innovators. And there was that Project Runway meets Top Chef pairing of edible couture using colorful floral objects made from agar agar sea vegetables and kappa carrageenan. And anyone for a taste for high fashion, and dried lean beef, surely picked up one of those Beef Jerky Chanel Bags. The flight of the edible imagination continues to soar.
Have you ventured into the realm of edible objects? If so, what is the most outlandish thing you have witnessed, tasted, attempted? Should we not be playing like this with our food?