A Jolly Good Cheese Read, Chapter Four

Our Favourite Cheese Books

Whether you’re a cheese enthusiast or work in the industry it’s always a good time to get the word on the curd.

If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, study resources or an entertaining read, we’ve got our pick of the best cheese books on the market right now.

We’ll be choosing our three favourite books each month, so check back here regularly.

What We’re Reading This Month


Cheese Sex Death, by Erika Kubick

A Bible for the Cheese Obsessed

It is not just the title that will grab the reader’s attention; for anyone that has seen evangelist cheesemonger, Erika’s social media posts, her trademark sultry imagery and seductive prose will draw you in and convert you to a fully-blown believer!

Erika’s book is aimed at all cheese lovers, whatever your background, with discussion of origin stories, scientific processes of the making of cheese, and the plating and pairing of cheese whilst presenting it in the rather novel format of Old and New Testament. Preaching the Ten Commandments of Cheese, Kubick breaks down what can seem an intimidating world to a neophyte, into a welcoming sanctuary, devoted to making cheese a part of daily life. The result is a book that will certainly attract plenty of attention from your coffee table.

Beer & Cheese, by Ben Vinken & Michel Van Tricht

What would happen if you were to combine the culinary expertise of two connoisseurs who are specialists in their fields? Beer sommelier Ben Vinken presents 50 top Belgian beers to cheese master Michel Van Tricht, who in turn, pairs them with the most appropriate cheeses. Their many years of experience in beer and cheese tasting result in 50 mouthwatering combinations that make the classic wine-cheese pairing pale in comparison. All of the major styles of beer and types of cheese are represented. Beer and Cheese is a book for the true bon vivant.

The Cheese Connoisseur’s Handbook, by Svetlana Kukharchuk

How to deepen your understanding & enjoyment of fine cheese year-round

This is essential reading for anyone who already loves cheese and wants to learn how to savour and enjoy it even more. It’s an easy-to-read how-to guide to sourcing, serving, eating and pairing cheese. Written by “The Cheese Lady”, cheesemonger Svetlana’s mission is to get cheese lovers to enjoy cheese the European way – not as a guilty habit, but as part of a healthy, balanced diet, that is good for the soul.

A romance novel of a cheese book, Svetlana invites us on a personal journey of delight and reconciliation through her love affair with cheese. It’s uplifting at a time when so many of us have a complicated relationship with the food we eat.” Joe Schneider

More Cheese Book Recommendations

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Rachel Holding | Academy of Cheese Writer

Rachel loves a good cheese and wine session. Her love of all cheeses, artisanal or otherwise, has grown from her early years of working on the cheese counter at Fortnum & Mason.  She has a personal mission to taste as many cheeses as possible and to encourage this passion in others.

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