With a title like Physiologie du gout (The Physiology of Taste), you might assume that Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin had written a cookbook. That is not the case. Although it does contain a few recipes, the book, published in 1825, is more a witty meditation on food and the pleasures of eating. In eight volumes, Brillat-Savarin offers his humble opinion on everything from gluttony to hospitality to punctuality.

With a title like Physiologie du gout (The Physiology of Taste), you might assume that Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin had written a cookbook. That is not the case. Although it does contain a few recipes, the book, published in 1825, is more a witty meditation on food and the pleasures of eating. In eight volumes, Brillat-Savarin offers his humble opinion on everything from gluttony to hospitality to punctuality.

He's also serious about cheese accompanying dessert courses: "A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman who has lost an eye."

Brillat-Savarin's love of food is one of the reasons why the international Edible Book Festival is held on or around April 1, his birthday.

It's not too late to enter Worthington Libraries' fourth annual Edible Books Contest, which is scheduled March 29 at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. No registration is required to enter, but your edible entry must have a book or literary theme.

New this year is a Child/Family category for participants under the age of 18.

A Professional category was added to the library's 2011 contest. Award winners included a four-tier tribute to Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat (entered by Delightful Cakes Bakery) and a sugary salute to The Telltale Heart and other E. A. Poe pieces (Delicacies by Sheri).

Although both entries were impressive, it wasn't the pros that carried the day. Ellen Wilson, an Amateur category entrant, received the highest honor, Best in Show, for her edible representation of the book Seed Soil Sun.

You'll be inspired by all the contest photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/coollibrary/.

If you choose to sit out this year, you're still invited to attend. Although registration and set-up starts at 6 p.m., stop by around 7 p.m. and let our celebrity judges know who you think should win. After the judges have made their decision, awards will be presented and the entries eaten.

Celebrity judges include The Columbus Dispatch Food Editor Robin Davis and local food blogger Nick Dekker. Don't miss the creative concoctions entered by professional bakers Our CupCakery and Sassafras Bakery.

Hilary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.