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Book Your Passage

There are few greater pleasures for food lovers than curling up with a good book—cookbook, that is. What could be better than digging into a wealth of clever cheese-centric recipes and ogling gorgeous food photography? Caseophiles are sure to find inspiration for many meals to come with these books on their shelves.


Home Made Summer
by Yvette van Boven (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; $35)

Yvette van Boven’s third cookbook features her signature whimsical illustrations and simple, comforting recipes with a warm-weather focus. Check out her step-by-step guide to homemade quark!

Baked Elements: Out 10 Favorite Ingredients
by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (Steward, Tabori & Chang; $32.50)

In the third book for the Baked dup, chapters are cleverly organized by ingredient. Check out the cheese section for Lemon Pecorino Pepper Icebox Cookies or Orange Almond Ricotta Cheesecake.

Tasia’s Table: Cooking With the Artisan Cheesemaker at Belle Chevre
by Tasia Malakasis (NewSouth Books; $29.95)

The award-winning owner of Belle Chevre fromagerie shares recipes that merge her Greek heritage and Southern surroundings, from goat cheese-stuffed grape leaves and tzatziki to pimiento chèvre and buttermilk cornbread.

The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen: Celebrating Cheese in 90 Recipes
by Chester Hastings (Chronicle Books; $35)

Author, chef, and former cheesemonger Chester hastings aims to move fine cheese from the sidelines of our meal into the spotlight, with cheese-centric recipes for every corse.

Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig’s Journey Through the Seasons in Wine Country
by Sondra Bernstein (the girl & the fig; $48)

From the owner of the acclaimed Sonoma restaurant the girl & the fig comes this tome of French-country cooking, featuring some of the finest French cheeses with guidance on their peak seasons.

Mac & Cheese: More than 80 Classic & Creative Versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food
by Ellen Brown (Running Press; $20)

From a Shrimp Scampi-style version to a Poblano-and-Manchego take to a classic Sweet Noodle Kugel recipe, there’s a macaroni and cheese for everyone in this book.

Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking
by Kevin Gillespie with David Joachim (Andrews McMeel Publishing; $40)

Kevin Gillespie, fan favorite from Top Chef‘s sixth season, shows his passion for cooking locally and seasonally in his first cookbook. Don’t miss his Sage-Battered Mushrooms with Cheddar Fonduta.

The Artist, the Cook, and the Gardener: Recipes Inspired by Painting from the Garden
by Maryjo Koch (Andrews McMeel Publishing; $29.99)

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the spiritual synergy between gardening, cooking, and art, and the pleasure of eating what grows in your backyard.

Jesi Dunaway

Jesi Dunaway is an Alabama native currently working as a cheesemonger and food writer in Boston.