Paper is commonly made from plant material — so why not food plants? Every plant’s cells are surrounded by a tough, fibrous material called cellulose. When chopped up and soaked, the tiny fibers connect with each other, bonded by an intermolecular pull called the van der Waalsʼ forces.
Those photos you see on birthday cakes are printed on wafer paper made from vegetable starch. In China rice paper is used for edible candy wrappers, and in Vietnam a different rice paper is used to wrap spring rolls.
You can use edible paper to create place cards for fancy dinners, takeout boxes to hold sweets — or for secret messages. (Devour after reading!) Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Vietnamese-style rice paper.