A Jolly Good Cheese Read – Chapter Six

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 a selection of cheese books for you to dive right into.

What We’re Reading This Month


Madame Fromage’s Adventures in Cheese

by Tenaya Darlington

The Book in One Sentence

A beautifully illustrated and captivating journey though the diverse world of cheese, offering a fun take on everything you need to know about it, including choosing, tasting, pairing and sharing.

Why should you read it?

It’s informative, it’s evocative and it’s fun to read. Madame Fromage, aka Tenaya Darlington, takes us on a vivid tour through the cheese world, structured around her fresh concept of eight tasting journeys, based on cheese style, including “Freshies”, “Stinkies” and “Rock Star Blues”. But this book goes beyond just reviews and recommendations; you get to meet real makers, mongers and affineurs, discover ingenious pairings and pick up useful tips (in the form of her “cheeseboard matrix”) on how to step out of your cheese comfort zone.

Best Line

Grab your parachutes and prepare to enter some high-moisture territory. Picture yourself dropping through clouds of feathery ricotta towards a vast horizon of mozzarella balls bobbing in an ocean.

What Others Are Saying

Fun, fascinating, and beautifully written… If you’ve ever found yourself lost in a cheese shop, Madame Fromage is the perfect guide to help you find your way to cheese nirvana.

Patrick McGuigan, author of The Philosophy of Cheese and The Cheese Life

British Cheese on Toast

by Steve Parker

The Book in One Sentence

The must-read go-to for all toastie fans, with over 100 recipes plus advice on which cheese to use with which type of bread, as well as suggestions for innovative sweet and savoury flavour combinations to take things to another level.

Why should you read it?

Yes, there’s the grilled-cheese craze happening at street markets and festivals the world over right now, but let’s take a minute to salute the humble, post-pub snack, cheese on toast of old, which this book is a true homage to. That said, this is super-charged toastie vicinity. Just the sound of “Tunworth with Roasted Garlic, Rosemary and Honey” and “Fellstone with Bacon and Mustard ” is enough to get one’s cheeks puckering. With over 100 recipes, all championing artisanal cheeses, but also offering tips on using supermarket and own-brand cheeses, this is a must for all under-the-grill toastie lovers.

Best Line

In northern France, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, there is also a version of Welsh rarebit called “Le Welsh.” not particularly reflective of the delicious contents of the book, but true or not, it made me chuckle.

What Others Are Saying

I honestly didn’t know there were so many ways to toast cheese – genius!

Patricia Michelson, La Fromagerie

The House that Cheese Built

by Miguel Leal

The Book in One Sentence

A quintessential American dream story from a Mexican entrepreneur, widely credited with introducing Mexican cheeses to the U.S. market and growing his company to a multimillion-dollar success story that defined an industry.

Why should you read it?

Ok, so not a traditional cheese book review, but this USA Today Bestseller is a must-read for anyone with big ambition starting out in the industry. Not only is this an entrepreneurial business manual, this is an authentic, emotional retelling of Miguel’s story: starting with his entry into the US as a penniless teenager, speaking almost no English and sleeping in the boiler room of a Wisconsin cheese factory for months before he was caught. Through hard work, grit, and ingenuity, Leal would go on to launch his own business and is widely credited with introducing Mexican cheeses to the U.S. market and then growing his company to a multimillion-dollar success story that defined an industry. 

What Others Are Saying

“Come for the intriguing autobiography, stay for the compelling business and life strategies”

Nikki, November 2023

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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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