20 August 2013

The Whole Fromage

It's been awhile since I've managed to both read AND blog about the book my online book club, From Left to Write. I get the book read, but then have been out of town, or just plain old miss a deadline. 2013 has been a blur, seriously!  I'm excited to be on target with our latest read, The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison. 

As a reminder (since I've been so slack about blogging on this page at ALL this year) - members of From Left to Write don't review the book in these posts, but instead write about an experience that the books makes us think of.  We use the book as a writing prompt.  THIS book, however, is awesome, and I have another post planned soon to share my thoughts on it!

picture credit: The Cheese Shop

A couple of years ago my husband and I planned a fun outing for our daughter, to have some "us" time with her after our son was born.  We took her to somewhere we really enjoy visiting, Merchant's Square in Colonial Williamsburg (VA). She loves history, and she also is a total foodie who dreams of eating cheese and baguettes in Europe. We thought it would be fun to go to to The Cheese Shop, and let her choose some cheeses to sample, then grab some baguettes and have a picnic.

It seemed like an innocent thing, but the joy on that child's face when she looked at the Cheese Board and saw more varieties of cheese than she knew existed!  The cheese mongers were so patient with her, letting her try everything (and laughing along with her when she discovered her beloved Wensleydale from Wallace and Gromit really existed!).  She settled on a good gouda to pair with her bread, and we left with our cheeses. Little did we know that we had started a tradition that day!

We've been back more than a few times, and both of us got a little teared up when we recently asked her what she wanted to do to celebrate her upcoming eighth birthday. Her response? Head to the Cheese Shop, pick out cheese and bread and whatever else we may need (charcuterie) for a family picnic. My husband and I have always loved cheese, and it's makes us so happy that she's picked up that love affair too!

This post was inspired by the novel The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison, who traveled to France in search of its artisanal cheeses. Join From Left to Write on August 22 as we discuss The Whole Fromage.  As a member, I received a copy of the book for review

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