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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Beautiful photos and precise information for more than 370 cheeses!

    This book includes around 380 French cheeses. A page shows 2 to 3 cheeses. Every cheese is introduced with clearly printed photos (normally, whole cheese and cross section), a succinct description, and other information such as place of production, milk type (cow, sheep, or goat), shape, weight, fat content, season, etc. So, if you're looking for a book by which you can find more information about cheeses you eat for the first time, this is the book I can recommend. The book also includes some feature articles on cheese categories, milk types, and nutritional values. Furtheremore, there is a list of producers, shops and markets with full addresses (their websites are not listed, though). Since the orignial Japanese version was published, I have always consulted this book when I see a 'new' cheese. Since I found this English version, I have been able to share the infomation in the book with many friends who do not read Japanese. Everybody loved to read on an 'exotic' cheese while eating it. The Japanese version titled 'Encyclopedia des Fromages' includes 56 more cheeses from other European countries. So, I still have to translate the information on non-French cheeses such as the Italian Parmigiano Reggiano and the Norwegian Gjetost to my non-Japanese friends (Why were non-French cheeses excluded? Good cheeses must be French?). However, the coverage on non-French cheeses in the original version is not as comprehensive as the French part. So, this omission does not ruin the usefulness of this book. Also, this English version has added wine recommendations for all cheeses listed, which would be useful for people who enjoy cheese with wine. Another conspicuous addition to the English version, by the way, is the two big names of 'foreword writer' and 'consultant' on the front cover (and as you see, Japanese authors' names do not appear there. The Japanese cannot be cheese experts??). Well, just an addition of new names to the cover does not affect the five-star status of this title and the great efforts made by the authors, photographer and wine connoisseurs. This is a book you can enjoy even without cheeses on your side.

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    Posted September 20, 2010

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