Saturday, October 23, 2021

Cheese, Sex, Death: A Bible for the Cheese Obsessed, Reviewed

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If you are a cheese lover like I am, and I mean a SERIOUS cheese lover, brace yourself for some exciting news! Abrams Books is about to release the most fabulous, beautiful, informative, clever, unique book about cheese that I have ever seen. Cheese, Sex, Death: A Bible for the Cheese Obsessed by Erika Kubik is a winner from beginning to end. From the beautiful end pages featuring images of stained glass windows each depicting a different cheese, to the clever, biblical design, eye-catching fonts, and informative introduction, this is the only cheese book that you will ever need.

It is divided into two sections: The Old Testament of Cheesus (sic), and the New Testament of Cheesus. In the former you will find The Book of Creation, The Ten Commandments of Cheese, and The Book of Cheese Types. The Book of Creation begins with The Gospel of Cheesus. The latter section contains information on buying, storing, serving, tasting, pairing, plating, and recipes!

Brightly illustrated with a clever stained glass window theme throughout, there are also beautiful, mouthwatering pictures. The text is fascinating. You will learn about the beginning of cheese dating back to 6500 BC. A book on a subject such as cheese may not sound as interesting as it is, but let me tell you, I have been reading this book like a novel.

The Timeline of Cheesus is fascinating. Learning about the entire process of cheesemaking, the stages of ripening, the various colors, textures, milk types, all makes for delicious reading.

The section describing various cheeses including history, correct pronunciation, milk type, intensity, pairings, and more, will teach you everything that you need to know about cheese. Along the way, you will no doubt rethink the way you have both eaten and served cheese in the past, becoming more creative and daring.

The section on plating is both beautiful and inspiring. A wide variety of themes are offered including Whiskey Plate, Spring Cheaster Plate, Munchie Plate, and many more; the Cheesemas Plate is a thing of beauty.

Helpful information on cooking with cheeses including tips and tools precede the recipes, one appearing more delicious than the next. Each one gives you information on how to select the proper cheese, as well as pairings, and variations that you can make.

Honestly, I haven’t been as excited about a book in quite some time. This book is wonderful! If you enjoy cheese, or have a friend who does, this would make an excellent gift. For more information, or to buy a copy, click here.

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this book from Abrams books as a member of their 20 21–22 Abrams dinner party.


The Tote Trove said...

This book sounds hilarious, from the stained glass cheese pics to the Old and New Testaments of Cheesus! I can see how a (humorous!) history of cheese would be compelling. As a kid, I was fascinated by the Mr. Rogers episode where they showed how to make cheese by separating the curds and whey. It really stuck with me! said...

What a crazy fun book! Who doesn't love cheese!!!

Alycia Nichols said...

I am like that kid Urkel on that 90s TV series. I LOVE cheese!!! I don’t eat as much of it as I used to, but I relish every chance I get. I’m always so happy to go to a party where there is a cheese display. I get to taste cheeses I’ve never tried without expense! Before stupid COVID, one of my favorite holiday things to do was go to Sam’s and Costco to get in on their cheese sampling’s. I’ll be so glad when we can do that again! And, much like bacon, cheese makes EVERYTHING taste better!!! FUN book!

michellez said...

You've done an amazing job describing the book, and what a nice gift it would make!
BUT where is the source for that gorgeous cheese knife? It's adorable!!
Hoped you would have info, as you're so good at sources when you describe your tablescapes.
Regardless, I enjoy your blog

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Aren’t those cheese knives the best, Michelle? I doubt that they’re still available, but I got them at Michael’s. Surprising, no? Shop online, you’ll find some amazing things online that do not show up in the store. Check next year, maybe you’ll get lucky.