Cheese for Dummies
I don’t think it’s possible to be from Vermont and not be in love with cheese. If I had my way, I’d eat cheese of some sort at every meal. When I was pregnant with my daughter, everything I ate was covered in cheese. I totally admit that when it comes to cheese, I am not the most adventurous person in the world. Generally a look into my refrigerator will show you extra sharp Vermont cheddar, mozzarella, cottage cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan, Swiss, Provolone, Pecorino Romano, Colby or Monterey Jack cheeses. If I’m baking or cooking something special you’ll find ricotta, creme fraiche, and mascarpone. I’ve even been know to make my own yogurt cheese a time or two. I’ve tried other cheese like brie and chevre but I don’t now enough about what to do with them to use them regularly.
If you’re like me and a bit mystified about some of the less common cheeses and what to do with them, you’ll want to check out Cheese for Dummies. You will learn to appreciate cheeses from around the world, pair cheese with different beverages, prepare delicious recipes featuring cheese and make your own cheese. This book discusses the origins of cheese and what they key things are that you need to know about cheese. You will also learn how cheese fits into a healthy diet and how you can explore the world through cheese. The basics of cheese making are explained in the beginning of Cheese for Dummies along with a look at soft cheeses and hard cheeses.
You will learn how to choose and serve cheese while using your senses to taste and learn about cheese. Section two explains the different characteristics of cheeses and the ten technical terms used to describe cheese. Where to buy, what to buy, and when to buy are also discussed along with serving and storing your cheese. Section three breaks down the various cheeses by parts of the world including The Americas, British Isles and Ireland, France, Italy; Spain, Portubal & Other Mediterranean Countries; the rest of Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.
Part four discusses how to create a cheese plate including picking sides, components and deciding on how much you need. There is information that explains how to pair cheese with different beverages and a great section with recipes to use the cheese you’ve chosen. For those that are interested, there is a section on making cheese at home. I really enjoyed the final section that includes ten of the world’s most bizarre cheeses, ten of America’s most influential artisanal cheesemakers and ten cheese festivals you shouldn’t miss. Did you know that Vermont is America’s top cheese producer per capita? There’s even a cheese festival in Vermont a few hours to the north of us.
If you want to impress your friends with your knowledge, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Cheese For Dummies (For Dummies (Cooking)). One of my lucky readers will win their own copy of Cheese for Dummies:
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