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Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese

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Is there a food more delightful, ubiquitous, or accessible than cheese? This book is a charming and engaging love letter to the food that Clifton Fadiman once called "milk’s leap toward immortality." Examining some cheeses we know as well as some we don’t; the processes, places, and people who make them; and the way cheeses taste us as much as we taste ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Free Press (first published May 21st 2010)
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Anna
Eric LeMay and his companion Chuck like, nay, love cheese. So much so that they've traveled to various places around the U.S. and Europe to taste and to learn as much as they can about the process of making, aging, and storing various cheeses in order to make the best possible product.

So, in short, they're a couple of foodies who believe that they know so much about this food to be able to write a book on it. Maybe that's unfair since they actually have done the research and the footwork (that
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Jackie says:

This is a laugh-out-loud treasure of a book that deals with the history and mystery of cheese in very layman terms. Eric and his wife Chuck ("pate to my rind" he says) are HUGE cheese fans. So, they decide to immerse themselves in it as much as they can on a very limited time and money budget. They do manage to go to an impressive number of places, including France twice (with hilarious results each time). This is a delightful read, which includes descriptions of complex cheeses such
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A.
I picked this book because of the title--I was browsing through the food book section of the library and this one stood out.

It's an interesting, though somewhat unstructured, read. The author takes the reader through his and his partner's growing interest in cheese, one which takes them to different areas of France and Italy, to Wisconsin, and to their local cheese shop. One chapter diverts the reader into a discussion of the history and meaning of the word "cheesy" and laments the inadequacy o
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Manintheboat
I feel bad saying this, but I dislike Chuck. In the long history of great traveling companions: Bill Bryson's Katz, Sancho Panza's Donkey, Hunter S. Thompson's Angry Samoan; Chuck should have stayed and provided pluggy indecision from home.

Without Chuck, the book is still a snore. Sure, you guys have passion, but a sense of adventure? Maybe if you had gone to Slovenia rather than Paris.
Tatiana Gomez
This stiff, pretentious, and overly self-conscious book tells much more about the author than it does about its intended subject, cheese.
It took me a while to get through this book and I am a devout cheese lover. I was expecting a book that would teach me about cheese, its process, its importance, its history, through different vignettes or adventures. And I think that might have been what the author was striving for. After all, the introduction is both lofty and earthy and sets the reader up to
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Jackie
This is a laugh-out-loud treasure of a book that deals with the history and mystery of cheese in very layman terms. Eric and his wife Chuck ("pate to my rind" he says) are HUGE cheese fans. So, they decide to immerse themselves in it as much as they can on a very limited time and money budget. They do manage to go to an impressive number of places, including France twice (with hilarious results each time). This is a delightful read, which includes descriptions of complex cheeses such as "does no ...more
Larry Brennan
I wanted to like this book a lot more. It's a series of essays, some brilliant, others dull and mean-spirited. The first and last are far and away the best, full of wit with just a touch of self-depreciation.

The highs:
* Breathless descriptions of the notes in the cheeses that LeMay and his girlfriend Chuck taste
* Compelling portraits of farmers and cheesemakers obsessed with their craft
* The wonder of their discovery and rising obsession
* Chuck's illustrations of cheese (really)

The lows:
* Condes
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Laura
I have to say, at first this book really annoyed me. But I have a really hard time Not finishing a book and this time it paid off. Once I got over the occasional mellow-dramatic swooning that usually involved LeMay saying that a cheese tasted like a sunny summer afternoon, or mountain air or something else that does not actually have a "taste", I really enjoyed the educational tidbits that were tucked away in the autobiographical tales of exploring and celebrating cheese. Reading this book defin ...more
Paige
As a foodie and former student of memoirs, I had high hopes for this book. And in the end, I did enjoy reading about different types of cheeses and the process in which they are made. But this "cheese memoir" was something of a let down as the author often uses the opportunity of a captive audience to stray from the topic and philosophize on everything from his relationship to the meaning of life. He eventually connects these ramblings back to his initial point about cheese, but it's always a bi ...more
David
An excellent, jealousy-inducing (occasionally too careful) book about my favorite food. Written by a professor at OU, Immortal Milk chases down the world's greatest and most evocative milkfat. But it's also about a new relationship, about traveling, about cheesiness the concept.

The essay that covers what "cheesy" means is on par with Susan Sontag's "Camp" and it's the best I've read this year.
Dwayna Paplow
Not so much an expert's guid to cheese, this is a book about the love of cheese. You'll learn about cheese itself, but the author alos feels free to muse all about the topic. (There's an entire chapter about the word 'cheesy.') It ends abruptly, but the appendice makes up for it. The appendice is page upon page upon page of pairings for cheese - whether you like beer, wine, chocolate, fruit, or meat.
Kelly
I have mixed feelings about this books. Parts of it are really interesting and lots of fun. The authors clearly have a love of cheese and their descriptions, quests and bits of cheese history are engaging. But in parts, the writing is just a little overwrought and I found myself skimming some paragraphs because it was just too much.
Walter D'agostino
Good when the topic was cheese not good when the topic was himself. Another person who feels he invented cheese in America. Go join the pile with Thorpe, Werlin, Jenkins and that woman from Whole Foods!
Jared Gillins
A delightful collection of essay-like chapters celebrating the history, making, culture (in all senses of the word), and enjoyment of cheese.
Alexandra Shostak
Eric LeMay is one of my professors! He is completely awesome :D
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