Happy American Cheese Month!
I love cheese (as I’ve mentioned before). It’s lucky for me that I live in Vermont. Not only does the state produce some rocking cheeses, but it also has its own Cheese Council. And an official Cheese Trail. And an annual Cheesemakers Festival.
In honor of two of my great loves, here’s an ode to cheese and bookmaking.
Over the years, I’ve created a few books that were inspired by cheese:
Chaiku was created in 2010 as part of the Vermont Arts Council’s statewide art project, Art Fits Vermont. 9,500 wood puzzle pieces were distributed to encourage people to make art – 10% of the state’s population participated!
The book component of the piece contains 12 haiku that I wrote about cheese.
By the way, it seems I’m not the only one to write cheese poetry – check these out.
Cheese Your Own Adventure was also created in 2010. In April of that year, the Book Arts Guild of Vermont participated in the International Edible Book Festival – an annual celebration where artists use food as a medium to create works inspired by the book form or literary themes. As you can see below, I wrote the word “adventure” on slices of cheese using honey mustard. Yum!
If you’d like to explore the concept of Cheese Your Own Adventure a bit further, there’s a website for that! Zeus Jones out of Minneapolis created the website to educate people about the qualities of Cheddar, Manchego and Gouda. And you get to learn through stories about cowboys, vampires and yeti. I kid you not. It’s pretty cool.
Little Yellow came into being in 2011. I created the book so that I could document my cheese adventures – what I’ve tried, who made them, what they taste like, etc. I take it with me when I go to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival.
I enjoy writing notes in it, like “mild and creamy” or “strong flavor and very stinky”. I like to sound cheese smart.
If the books above weren’t enough for you and you need more cheesiness, check out one of my Flickr galleries named For the Love of Books & Cheese. And if you’ve made a cheese-themed book, I’d love to see it! Send me an email with the details and I’ll happily feature your work on my blog.
Now go forth and eat cheese!