Book club-worthy

Up in Smoke, River’s Edge Chevre

Illustration by Serene Lusano

My monthly book club meeting, to be honest, is more of an excuse to catch up, talk TV, drink wine and eat cheese. River’s Edge Up in Smoke Chevre ($12.99 at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op) was a big hit at my last get-together. Wrapped in bourbon-spritzed (!), smoked maple leaves, this Oregon cheese has won big awards, including Best USA Cheese in the 2013 World Cheese Awards. It has a soft, creamy texture and pleasing smokey notes—so tasty it almost makes up for the fact that you all only discussed the book for, like, 10 minutes.