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Jan 19, 2008 02:52 PM

Informative Books on Cheese?

I am looking for a book breaks down the different types of cheeses, pairings, etc. Anyone have any recommendations?


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  1. Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials: as a cheese novice, I found it to be an excellent starting point. Cheese connoisseurs may have a different perspective, though.

    1. The Cheese Primer is good, though a little outdated. I've head good things about Laura Werlin's book as well.

      1. I'd recommend "The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese" by Jeffrey Roberts. He's the founder of the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont, as well as the director and treasurer of the National Board of Slow Food USA. It's a great guide to the different kinds of cheese found in the US, and breaks down differing types and styles very thoroughly.

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        1. I really like Janet Fletcher's book: The Cheese Course: Enjoying the World's Best Cheeses at Your Table

          This question comes up a lot. Here's a recent good thread titled
          "Cheese book recommendation"

          I'm sure a search will reveal more recs.

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          1. re: maria lorraine

            My mother gave us that for Christmas - I've browsed it a bit so far and have enjoyed it. I thought it interesting that she talks about serving certain milder blue cheeses with champagne - may try a nice endive/blue cheese salad (no vinegar) with the DP we have for anniversary for tonight.

          2. "The Cheese Book" by Haskell and Marquis (1965) is an oldie but goodie. It's my standard reference, and contains interesting recipes and also makes for a good read.