The Cheese Chronicles: A Journey Through the Making and Selling of Cheese in America, From Field to Farm to Table
The Cheese Chronicles is an insider's look at the burgeoning world of American cheese from one lucky person who has seen more wedges and wheels, visited more cheesemakers, and tasted more delicious (and occasionally stinky) American cheese than anyone else. Liz Thorpe, second in command at New York's renowned Murray's Cheese, has used her notes and conversations from hund...more
The author was the cheese buyer for a famous cheese shop in New York that supplied the top restaurants. As such her job took her to just about every single cheese-making operation in the US.
We aren't talking about Kraft Slices or Shur-fine here, no we are talking grass-fed, goat, sheep or cow-milk cheese "covered in a bloomy white mould with a line of ash" through the middle with a taste that can be described only by resorting t ...more
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There are so many cheeses that I want to try thanks to Liz Thorpe writing this book.
I took 19 months to finally finish reading this but I am definitely glad I did. I hope her new book comes out this Spring. I also have a couple more cheese books I need to bump up on my reading queue. Cheesemonger by Gordon Edgar and Cheese Primer by Steven Jenkins.
just the way she describes cheese even if youre not a foodie is fun and entertaining. You can taste her passion and love of cheese.
Of course just because someone loves something doesnt make it worth reading, but the personalized intimate stories of the cheese makers and farmers is the difference maker.
Anyone who reads Jonathan Gold, the preeminent food critic, will appreciate her writing...Gold is the Gold Standard and she is in that or close to that level of writing. ...more
2016: I finally finished this book. Each day as I blow dried my hair I'd read about another kind of cheese so it took me awhile. It w ...more
Thorpe's Cheese Chronicles is a must read introduction to the American artisan cheese movement. She covers every aspect of its making thoroughily and so readably. I love that each chapter focuses on specific regions and cheesemakers, and that she has perso ...more
I agree with a previous reviewer that the organization of the producers was not the most helpful, particularly if one wanted to use it as a reference when shopping. The ch ...more
I don't speak cheese any bette ...more
If you are looking for a travel log of Liz Thorpe's life running around to cheese makers and her life in general -- its OK -- if you are looking for an in depth study of American cheeses -- don't pick this one up--
So .. if you are located in the US, LOVE LOVE LOVE cheese and are a crazy foodie, read this book.
Otherwise .. I'd give it a pass.
Recommended, but it took me a couple of weeks to chug through, and it may be wise to skip past a few pages here and there.