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Join us at Macys on State Street for a signing of Miguel A. Leal’s book “The House That Cheese Built” November 4th | 12pm CST

November 4, 2023 @ 12:00 pm


November 4th | 12pm CST

The House That Cheese Built | Miguel A. Leal

We request that if you would like your book signed, it must be purchased at Barbara’s Bookstore. To ensure a smooth and efficient signing process, please present your receipt as proof of purchase.




A quintessential American dream story from a Mexican entrepreneur who shares the tale of building a multi-million-dollar business from scratch, complete with both success and failure, and always a vision of hope.

Leal came to the U.S. penniless as a teenager, speaking almost no English; he literally slept in the boiler room of a Wisconsin cheese factory for months before he was caught. Through hard work, grit, and ingenuity Leal would go on to launch his own business. He is widely credited with introducing Mexican cheeses to the U.S. market and grew his company to a multimillion-dollar success story that defined an industry. Yet, like many successful entrepreneurs, Leal’s great successes were matched by personal failures: the end of a marriage; trouble with law enforcement; and the deeply felt sense that there must be something more to life than great wealth.

  • Read the astounding memoir of a Mexican immigrant who worked his way to success in the American cheese industry
  • Find inspiration in Miguel Leal’s determination and refusal to give up on his dream
  • See how Leal persevered in the face of obstacles and setbacks in his personal life
  • Follow Miguel’s story as he finds peace, purpose, and grace–and realizes that money isn’t everything

Leal’s memoir, THE HOUSE THAT CHEESE BUILT, is both a quintessential immigrant success story, one that beautifully illustrates the immigrant experiences: isolation, fear, and ambition for a better life and assimilation, as well as a thoughtful personal account of entrepreneurship and all its benefits and costs.





MIGUEL LEAL founded Mexican Cheese Producers in 1994. Leal eventually sold his business to Sigma Alimentos, which used his recipes to win the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest. Today, Miguel is deeply invested in a new passion project: supporting Mexico’s organic farming movement with a farm of his own.



November 4, 2023
12:00 pm
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