Cheese: Exploring Taste and Tradition

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Gibbs Smith, 2010 - Cooking - 304 pages
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Patricia Michelson is founder of the London-based epicurean store and cafe La Fromagerie, voted best Specialist Food Shop 2005 by Observer Food Monthly magazine. Among her many supporters are Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, and Nigel Slater. In Cheese, she gives her expert guidance on world cheeses, including those from Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. The book details how to source, store, taste, and serve a fascinating collection of cheeses with around 100 recipes.

Patricia Michelson's La Fromagerie supplies many top restaurants and other shops with artisan farmhouse cheeses. Her advice is often sought for information about cheese and wine pairings by prestigious food and wine publications and wine companies. She lives in England.

Recipes and a world exploration of artisan cheese.


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Well written and researched, gorgeous photographs, recipes, and an entire section dedicated to American cheese makers. For anyone interested in American cheese, this is the most comprehensive text I ... Read full review


France 44
Central France 58
Italy 110
Spain Portugal 134
The Rest of Europe 150
Australia New Zealand 208
Recipes 224

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Keen's Farmhouse Cheddar Wincant on, Somerset The Keen family has farmed at Moorhayes, which is both arable and dairy, since 1899. The rather majestic 16th-century gabled farmhouse sits proudly on a hill overlooking the farmland, which in this part of Somerset is low-lying and prone to wet. The unpasteurized cow's milk cheese is made by hand using a traditional rennet, and what differentiates this Cheddar from, say, Montgomery's is its texture. Keen's has a heavier texture, with a spicy, deep, almost tingling sensation on the tongue, a nutty, fruity tang, and a rich, vigorous finish. The method of heating and pressing also differs from that of Jamie Montgomery's, but I think that in this little pocket of Somerset the terroir shows the way. I like Keen's Cheddar for its weighty chewiness, and the fact that it is a great cooking cheese.

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