Guest Booklist: Sue Kurta, Local Cheesemaker

In celebration of National Cheese Curd Day (Oct. 15) library superfan Sue Kurta curated a booklist for us. “My favorite childhood library memory is my Mom taking my brother, sister and I to our local library (Berkley Public Library in Berkley, Michigan) and setting us free, telling us we could check out “any books we wanted,” Kurta said.  “I loved checking out piles of whatever books caught our fancy, and of course, I loved how the books smelled!”

Sue’s booklist, with her notes:

Beatrix Potter! As an animal lover and rabbit rescuer, Beatrix Potter’s books illustrate the lives of animals with respect, imagination and relatability – they remind us of the truth that animals are just like us and deserve reverence, help and love.

The Foxfire collection: Much of what I pursue as a small farmer and cheesemaker is to live very close to nature, and try to live a back-to-the-land lifestyle.  My family subscribed to the Foxfire Magazine when I was growing up, and it was my gateway into reading/learning about small farming, living in tandem with nature, making and doing for yourself with what is around you.

  • Foxfire (catalog search)
  • The Foxfire book of simple living : celebrating fifty years of listenin’, laughin’, and learnin’ (catalog link)

Home Cheese Making: My first cheese-making book – I still reference it today, great recipes and an excellent book for the beginner cheesemaker

Back to Basics: The first book I ever owned book about homesteading and small farming – with a good home cheese-making section!

  • Back to Basics : a complete guide to traditional skills (catalog link)

Culture Magazine: The premier cheese magazine with excellent recipes and information

  • Culture Magazine (Coming soon!)

Bonus Pick – Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz! (catalog link)

Interested in submitting a booklist? Watch this space or email ask@tadl.org.