Sunday, April 5, 2009

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month?

Well, according to a book I found in the reference collection, and a number of anecdotal references on the web, April is recognized as National Grilled Cheese Sandwich month in the United States. Wow! Who knew? I mean, I love a grilled cheese sandwich, but this level of celebration is startling even for me.

How does this relate to books and reading? Well, mostly it doesn’t - I just thought it was an interesting fact. 

So to make a tie-in, here are some books that feature cheese and cheesemaking:

Blessed are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch: a love story set at a cheese making dairy in Ireland. Magical, fanciful, sweet: similar in style to Chocolat by Joanne Harris (but with cheese instead of chocolate).

The Case of the Ill-Gotten Goat by Claudia Bishop: third mystery in a series featuring a veterinarian and his wife who do PI work on the side. This time their adventure brings them to a murder on a goat dairy farm.

The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman: I remember this book from 2003 simply because it was near the top of my list for “best title of the year”. This is the story of a small town trying to make it’s place in a world that is busily passing it by (and the title isn’t a metaphor - there really is a giant cheese).

Pretty Bad by Shirley Jump: contemporary romance of a super-model who finds herself on a diary farm as a spokesmodel for a cheese company after a very public fall from grace. A fun and funny read for spring.


  1. Those are some gouda-looking books!

  2. Love this list. I may have to make a display of cheese books at my library...