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The Cheddar Box, vol. 1 [all published as a book; volume 2 is a piece of cheese]
Dean Collins. Portland, 1933.
Inscribed by the author and some interesting letters from him inserted.
B-A Note 1: I absolutely had to do further research on this. It was written by journalist Dean Collins and records the story of Oregon’s signature cheese Tillamook Cheddar. According to Robert Brown’s “The Complete Book of Cheese”, it “comes neatly boxed and bound in golden cloth stamped with a purple title, like the rind of a real Tillamook. Volume I is entitled Cheese Cheddar, and Volume II is a two-pound Cheddar cheese labeled Tillamook and molded to fit inside its book jacket. We borrowed Volume I from a noted littérateur, and never could get him to come across with Volume II. ” However it is of course out of print, and I have been unable to find a picture of the binding.
B-A Note 2 Sadly, my love of cheese is surpassed only by my rampantly high cholesterol level. Thank curds for modern medicine!