The Whole Fromage

The Whole Fromage

Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese

Book - 2013
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An Amazon 2013 Best of the Year Pick

The French,  sans doute ,   love their  fromages . And there's much to love: hundreds of gloriously pungent varieties--crumbly, creamy, buttery, even shot through with bottle-green mold. So many varieties, in fact, that the aspiring gourmand may wonder: How does one make sense of it all?

In  The Whole Fromage , Kathe Lison sets out to learn what makes French cheese so remarkable--why France is the "Cheese Mother Ship," in the words of one American expert. Her journey takes her to cheese caves tucked within the craggy volcanic rock of Auvergne, to a centuries-old monastery in the French Alps, and to the farmlands that keep cheesemaking traditions alive .  She meets the dairy scientists, shepherds, and  affineurs  who make up the world of modern French cheese, and whose lifestyles and philosophies are as varied and flavorful as the delicacies they produce. Most delicious of all, she meets the cheeses themselves--from spruce-wrapped Mont d'Or, so gooey it's best eaten with a spoon; to luminous Beaufort, redolent of Alpine grasses and wildflowers, a single round of which can weigh as much as a Saint Bernard; to Camembert, invented in Normandy but beloved and imitated across the world.
   
With writing as piquant and rich as a well-aged Roquefort, as charming as a tender springtime  chèvre , and yet as unsentimental as a stinky Maroilles,  The Whole Fromage  is a tasty exploration of one of the great culinary treasures of France.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307452061
0307452069
Characteristics: 274 pages : map ; 20 cm

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