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Jennifer Meier

The Cheese Nun

By February 17, 2009

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With the Oscars just around the corner I've had movies on my mind and this week I finally got around to renting one I've been wanting to see for a long time. It never made it to the big screen, there are no glamorous movie stars and there is no edge-of-your-seat action (unless you consider watching wheels of cheese age edge-of-your-seat action) but nonetheless The Cheese Nun is fascinating viewing.

It is a simple story told in a simple way that is surprisingly inspiring. Sister Noella Marcellina is a Benedictine nun who earned a Fullbright Fellowship to study microbiology in France, as it relates to cheese. As she travels through France gathering samples of microbes from cheese caves and the wheels of cheese aging in them she tries to understand why certain cheeses made in certain places have a distinct flavor that can be replicated nowhere else. Only an hour long, The Cheese Nun is a documentary all food lovers will enjoy.


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