Food plays as big a part in literature as it does in all aspects of our lives, and cheese plays a massive part in our love of food. It goes without saying, then, that the literary world is full of works inspired by cheese and dairy – you just have had to look for them!
So, whether you’re a cheese aficionado or amateur who would gravitate towards any cheese-inspired read, we’ve compiled some of the best slices of cheesy literature for you. So whether you’re reading in a market square enjoying some artisan cheese, or curled up at home with some Brillat-Savarin you’ve ordered in using something like deliveroo.co.uk, there’s much to be savoured in each of these bleu books.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Fine, so this book isn’t about cheese in the literal sense, but cheese as a metaphor. It’s as powerful as a self-help classic for dealing with change today as it was when it was first released. This perennial bestseller is a short and easy read but does come with its share of hard-hitting, at times uncomfortable truths. It’s a book you’ll want to digest again to remind yourself that change and shifting goalposts are a part of life, and that there’s always a way out of the mouse maze with fortitude and humor. Years after its publication, cnn.com was hailing it a ‘seminal’ work and a movie, based on the book, has subsequently also been made.
I Moved Your Cheese by Deepak Malhotra
This Harvard Business School professor is a best-selling author in his own right, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to rebut the arguments in Who Moved My Cheese. Arguably, it’s not as great as Spencer Johnson’s multi-million copy selling treatise, but compelling nonetheless. It rebels against the notion of coping with change passively. Food for thought indeed!
Cheese For Dummies by Laurel Miller and Thalassa Skinner
This one’s for you if you’re an ardent cheese enthusiast and know that cheese can and is made from goat’s milk too, but you’re not quite the cheese connoisseur yet. This book lets you begin at the beginning and then progressively up schools you, so you’ll never have to hold back at even the most high-end cheese tasting experience again. Delve into how to sample cheese, how to shop for cheese, how to best utilise cheese in your at-home menus and even how to make a curd or two!
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeleine Puckett and Justin Hammack
These award-winning wine bloggers teach you how to pair your wine with your cheese expertly, in a highly accessible and absorbing read. You’ll be pairing up the best of both worlds before you know it! Cheese and wine – what’s not to love?
Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its Place in Western Civilization by Paul Kindstedt
This was and remains one of the must-reads for cheese connoisseurs and has attained almost biblical status in connoisseur circles. This history of cheese and how we’ve come to adore it is every bit as fascinating as your favourite historical or fictional read – in other words, an absorbing read whether you’re ardently into cheddar or marscapone.
There’s more to cheese than meets the eye – any one of these cheese-inspired reads could be a conversation starter.