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The Bookworm of Edwards invigorates readers with food for the mind and body

Brenda Himelfarb
EAT magazine
House made tomato basil soup with the Bel Canto salad. Proscuitto, figs, pears, blue cheese, organic mixed greens, balsamic vinaigrette.
Dominique Taylor
If you go ... What: The Bookworm of Edwards, a lively community cafe and bookstore. Where: 295 Main Street C101 | Riverwalk | Edwards Cost: Crepes: $5-$10; Toasts: $7-$12; Salads: $13. Signature dish: The Julia Child crepe. More information: Call 970.926.7323 or visit bookwormofedwards.com.

You might wonder what a bookstore can possibly bring to a menu. Great food and care, for starters. And The Bookworm delivers that in droves — and has been since 2007, when they first introduced crepes, which are still the core of the bookstore’s varied menu. The idea of a café within a bookstore is aimed specifically to integrate food for the mind and the body — a union of food and books that invites people to come and hang out. The books themselves are very much a part of the room.

In fact, all of the café’s food items are named after books or authors; one of the most well known, the Julia Child crepe, includes Nutella, powdered sugar and strawberries or bananas. The Bel Canto salad, too, is a favorite. Who can resist prosciutto, figs, pears, blue cheese and organic mixed greens topped with balsamic vinaigrette?

The menu includes vegetarian and vegan options including gluten-free, vegan crepes, made with an almond flour base that makes for a crispy crepe with just a bit of sweetness. New additions include the Giving Tree — avocado toast made with local micro greens — and the Rainbow Fish — wild smoked salmon on toasted pumpernickel bread. As well, the café offers Novo Coffee, Ethiopian being the favorite. Says Nicole Magistro, The Bookworm’s owner, “We’re always focused on community. Community with authors and food venders. Knowing where every ingredient that goes into our food comes from so we can feel good about everything prepared in our café.”