Whether you’re browsing for a friend or shopping for yourself, there’s no better holiday gift than a good read—and you can’t go wrong with these new cheesy books.
Food writer Sheela Prakash shares her deep-rooted love for Mediterranean cuisine in her first cookbook, Mediterranean Every Day (Harvard Common Press, September 2020,$26.99). From the classically traditional to the refreshingly modern, Prakash’s recipes guide you through a lifestyle that celebrates fragrant herbs, veggie-filled pasta, and of course plenty of cheese. Highlights include Lemony Parmesan Soup, Raspberry Ricotta Gratin, and Caramelized Leek and Fennel Galette with Blue Cheese—all comfort dish ideas for the cold months ahead.
The New Rules of Cheese (Ten Speed Press, October 2020, $14.99) is the first book from Anne Saxelby, founder of Saxelby Cheesemongers in New York City. In her colorful and quirky guide, Saxelby offers tips on how to pair and repurpose cheese, the history and background of cheesemaking, and the science behind cheese’s many health benefits. Nerd out on cheese facts from your couch as though you’re hearing them from across the cheese counter.
A perfect gift for the turophile on your holiday list, A Field Guide to Cheese (Workman Publishing, September 2020, $27.95) covers everything from the history of cheese to an encyclopedia of 400-plus beloved global cheeses. Cheese expert Tristan Sicard’s comprehensive guide offers hundreds of pages of illustrations, graphics, and maps that will satisfy the average cheese lover as much as a seasoned monger.
Move over, pot roast—multicookers are a DIY cheesemaking tool, now. Claudia Lucero’s latest book Instant Pot Cheese (Storey Publishing, September 2020, $16.95) is making this delicious craft accessible to aspiring at-home makers. The book covers all the basics and illustrates how a multicooker can act as a money-saving tool to make cheeses such as paneer and burrata.