Theres more to American cheese than tangerine orange or white bricks.
In Its Not You, Its Brie, cheese expert Kirstin Jackson tells the whole cheese story. Through fifty American cheese profiles, she takes us backstage into underground caves, into funky scents and traditions that link todays cheese makers to American history. Youll meet the people who dedicate their lives to artisan cheesefrom those who run generations-old family farms to others who ditched their day job to start a dairy.
Jackson groups the cheeses into sixteen styles ranging from American Originals to Mixed Milk, explaining how each ones unique flavors, appearance, and production practices have come to define its style. Featured cheeses include Queso Oaxaqueño, a Mexican-style cheese hand-stretched in California; Scholten Weybridge, a double-crème made in Vermont from the milk of a rare Dutch Belted cow; and Rivers Edge Mayor of Nye Beach, a funky washed-rind goats milk that knocks its French rivals out of the water.
Beer, wine, and food pairing suggestions round out each profile, along with recipes that use every cheese style in refreshing new ways, from Gouda Almond Toffee to Landaff and Celery Root Beer Soup.
Kirstin Jackson is a professionally trained cook, cheese program director, wine bar manager, and published food and wine author. Visit her website, ItsNotYouItsBrie.com.
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