Sixty Years of Cuttin’ the Cheese Book


For a hundred and fifty years, the general store at the intersection of routes 9 and 125 in Barrington, NH has been called by one name, Calef’s Country Store. Read all about Joel and the history of this amazing place.

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Rebecca Rule shares the intriguing tale of a family-owned store that became a true community center-a place to warm the bones-set among the stories of Joel Sherburne. A Calef’s employee for sixty years, Joel is a lover of cheese, prankster of high regard, and a life-long volunteer in his hometown of Barrington. In Sixty Years of Cuttin’ the Cheese we learn his tips for how to care for your cheese, and we are introduced to his Joelisms, like “Set you back a week.” As in: “When Billy Calef sat Joel down and told him the store was to be sold out of the family, well, that set him back a week.” Today Joel enjoys the friendship of the new owners, Greg Bolton and Len Angelo, whose vision of the old, enhanced by the new, has brought Calef’s to its 150th anniversary year with style and a thriving, mail-order cheese trade. Illustrated with period photographs, Sixty Years of Cuttin’ the Cheese includes twenty-two secret recipes from Calef’s kitchen, like Cheddar Cheese Crisps, Apple Cranberry Cheddar Muffins, and Smoky Cheese Chowder. So sit back with a plate of Rat Trap Cheddar and some gingersnaps, and reminisce with Joel and Becky around the old woodstove.

Rebecca Rule is a full-time writer, humorist, storyteller, and host for twelve years on NHPTV, first of the NH Authors Series, currently of Our Hometown. She’s the author of eleven books including The Best Revenge, named one of five essential NH Books by “NH Magazine” and Outstanding Work of Fiction by the NH Writers Project. She loves cheese.

Listen to the story of “The Lady and the Cabbage”; one of Joel’s amusing stories from his 60 years of working at the Calef’s cheese counter.