American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World by Joe Berkowitz
10/6/20; 304 pages
American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World by Joe Berkowitz is a very highly recommended book about cheese. How could a book about cheese not be worthy of five stars? "Cheese is literally heaven. It’s what happens after milk sheds this mortal coil and ascends to a higher plane of existence."
I've been excited to read American Cheese since I first heard
about it and it is worthy of my every expectation. There is no doubt
Berkowitz loves cheese so he is the perfect choice to share the world
of American artisan cheese with the rest of us. What is even more
entertaining is that he does so in an informative and humorous fashion.
After his first encounter with an artisan cheese tasting and
experiencing Rogue River Blue at Murray's Cheese in New York, Berkowitz
began to explore the artisan cheese culture. He visits tastings, cheese
mongers, makers, affineurs, cheesemonger competitions, dairy scientists,
cheese celebrations, and restaurants with cheese carts. There is a
whole cheese culture that celebrates cheese. He volunteers at Murray’s
Cheese shop, attends the Cheese Ball and meets Madame Fromage, follows
the California cheese trail, he visits Cheeselandia, and talks to dairy
scientists at Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Research. It is a plethora of
cheese happenings and cheese information!
If you love cheese, and anyone who is looking into a book called American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World likely does, as you read be sure to have a pen and paper handy so you can write down all the new cheeses to taste. I had to scramble looking for something to write on almost immediately so I'd like to give the rest of you a heads up. I am thrilled to learn that "According to Dr. Ahuja, those among us who can endure limitless dairy products have a genetic mutation that keeps our lactase intact into adulthood. In other words, cheese lovers are technically X-Men." Yes!
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.