Readers Digest

Where were the rest of the clever creations I longed for? Apparently in New York; St. Paul, Minnesota; San Diego; and L.A. Check out to get an idea of some real edible art, like celebrity chef Kathleen Richert's "Booklava," a phyllo dough-and-sugar wafer creation, and her "Set of Cooked Books" made out of deep-fried potatoes.

I'd say it's back to the drawing board, or maybe the kitchen, for the home team, who give new meaning to the label "starving artists." For the most part, their culinary contributions bring to mind those unfathomable lyrics in Jimmy Webb's song, "MacArthur Park": "Someone left the cake out in the rain/All the sweet cream icing flowing down . . ."

Melinda Beck

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