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Books About Eating, Making, Selling and Loving Cheese


Every time I visit the bookstore it seems like there is a new book out about cheese. And it's not just cookbooks anymore...some books talk about what it's like to work in the cheese industry, some are poetic ramblings about making cheese and raising goats, some focus on cheese made in the US and some delve into cheese from around the world. All are entertaining and extremely informative and would make great gifts for anyone who loves cheese (including yourself).

The Telling Room

A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese By Michael Paterniti "Equal parts mystery and memoir, travelogue and history," the author re-locates his family to Spain to chase a story about an unusual piece of cheese that leads to "accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot."


Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding,the Art of Making Cheese

By Brad Kessler A story about tending to a small herd of milking goats in Vermont when the author moves back to the land. Enjoy his personal observations about raising goats and making cheese as well as his exploration of animal husbandry. An inspiring and poetic read.

The Cheese Chronicles...

By Liz Thorpe The Cheese Chronicles is an insider's look at the artisanal cheese industry in the US, from the perspective of a woman who works at the well-known shop, Murray's Cheese, in New York. Ms. Thorpe shares the knowledge she's gleaned from years behind a cheese counter and from visiting cheesemakers on their own turf.

The Farmstead Creamery Advisor...

By Gianaclis Caldwell If you're thinking about becoming a licensed cheesemaker, you'll want to read this book. It's written by a cheesemaker who intimately knows the trials and tribulations, as well as the rewards, of making and selling cheese. The author owns Pholia Farm, a small dairy in Oregon and writes about basic cheesemaking, taking care of livestock and managing the business side of the dairy.

Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge

by Gordon Edgar The author is a cheese buyer for San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery and writes about his 15 years in the world of cheese with honesty and humor. He tells it like it really is in the often over-romanticized world of selling cheese and his stories are both informative and irreverent.

The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin

by James Norton and Becca Dilley Beautiful photos make this a coffee table type book although it's also filled with information and stories about the men and women from Wisconsin who've undergone the difficult path to becoming certified as a Master Cheesemakers.

Mastering Cheese: Lessons for Connoisseurship from a Maître Fromager

By Max McCalman and David Gibbons An ode to cheese with extensive information on domestic artisanal cheese and cheese from around the world, including tips on how to taste, pair and serve cheese.

Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life

By Angela Miller One woman's story of leaving the big city to make goat cheese in Vermont. 

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