Say Cheese: Delicious Book and Cheese Pairings

Say Cheese: Delicious Book and Cheese Pairings

Who doesn’t love cheese? It’s pretty much the perfect food as far as the Bookish editors are concerned. So why not combine it with our other favorite thing, books? Lucky for you, we’ve done just that. Here, we’ve paired some of our favorite recent releases with some delectable cheeses. Grab some crackers, fruit, and maybe a glass of wine, and settle in for some pairings that are anything but cheesy.

Huntsman with My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

In Ottessa Moshfegh’s 2018 novel, the narrator spends the story moving back and forth between wakefulness and medicated sleep. We like how the stripes of blue cheese and cheddar symbolize that dichotomy.

Mascarpone with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before features multiple cameos from a classic dessert: cookies! In honor of this, pair your reading with mascarpone, a delicious sweet cheese used in many desserts.

Feta with Circe by Madeline Miller

In Circe, Madeline Miller retells Greek mythology in a way that will leave readers spellbound. If you find yourself snacky while mid-novel, we suggest some feta cheese in keeping with the Greek theme.

Aged Gouda with A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev’s novel tells the story of the love between Kimi and Rahul, who have been in each other’s lives for years. Honor their longstanding connection with a nice aged gouda.

Parmesan with The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Brazilian-Korean fusion food plays a major role in Maureen Goo’s novel. Celebrate this by noshing some parmesan, a component of delectable Brazilian cheese bread.

Brie with An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

We think brie is absolutely remarkable, and like Hank Green’s protagonist, it’s internet famous. A note: Brie pairs nicely with fruit preserves, but after reading this book, we suggest you skip the grape jelly.

Ricotta with The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

In Helen Hoang’s delightful romance, Stella Lane learns about romance from a handsome escort. We’d pair this novel with ricotta (a nice mild cheese) in case you plan on doing some kissing of your own.

American Cheese with The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

In The Summer of Jordi Perez, Abby Ives is on the hunt for the best burger in Los Angeles. We’d suggest snacking on American cheese (a time-honored cheeseburger topping) while taking in this tale.


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