Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! Here’s some book pairings for your favorite cheese

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! Give us some cheese and a good book and we’ll be pretty happy. We’re celebrating with some bookand cheese pairings — they may be a little unhinged, but so is our love of cheese.

If you love cheddar, try Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu. Whenever I don’t know exactly what I want to eat, I can usually be satisfied with a slice of cheddar, and when I don’t know what I want to read, I turn to graphic novels. And both of these are super wholesome and weirdly pair well with apple pie, trust me.

If you love gouda, try The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. They both have mass appeal, and both have origins in the Netherlands. Plus, you know anything by Ann Patchett will be gouda (I’m sorry).

If you love burrata, try Still Life by Sarah Winman. There are two layers to the cheese and several timelines to the story, but there’s a soft center to both. They’re also a bit indulgent and from Italy. 

If you love halloumi try Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. When you read it, it feels like you’re being grilled until your insides are gooey, but that pain produces something beautiful. Also, they’re both Greek!

If you love American cheese, try Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. What’s more American than a weird mixture of lots of kinds of “cheeses,” or burning books?

If you love blue cheese, try Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. It’s a little gross and definitely weird, and you might wonder “what am I reading/eating and do I even like it?” But you also probably won’t be able to stop.

If you like feta, try Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes. The author is salty about how women in Greek myths were treated, so she revists them and their stories from a different point of view.

If you like brie, try The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Initially you might be unsure what it’s all about, but if you give it a little time and patience, you’ll be rewarded with something beautiful.

If you like ricotta, try From Scratch by Tembi Locke. Both are tender, indulgent, and Sicilian. Plus, it’s hard to find someone who wouldn’t like them.

If you like cream cheese, try Maame by Jessica George. The cheese and the book can be sweet or salty, and both have mass appeal for good reason.