Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge

Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge

by Gordon Edgar

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Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge is the highly readable story of Gordon Edgar's unlikely career as a cheesemonger at San Francisco's worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. A former punk-rock political activist, Edgar bluffed his way into his cheese job knowing almost nothing, but quickly discovered a whole world of amazing artisan cheeses. There he developed a deep understanding and respect for the styles, producers, animals, and techniques that go into making great cheese.

With a refreshingly unpretentious sensibility, Edgar intertwines his own life story with his ongoing love affair with cheese, and offers readers an unflinching, highly entertaining on-the-ground look at America's growing cheese movement. From problem customers to animal rights, business ethics to taste epiphanies, this book offers something for everyone, including cheese profiles and recommendations for selecting the very best-not just the most expensive-cheeses from the United States and around the world and a look at the struggles dairy farmers face in their attempts to stay on and make their living from the land.

Edgar-a smart, progressive cheese man with an activist's edge-enlightens and delights with his view of the world from behind the cheese counter and his appreciation for the skill and tradition that go into a good wedge of Morbier.

Cheesemonger is the first book of its kind-a cheese memoir with attitude and information that will appeal to everyone from serious foodies to urban food activists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603582735
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 726,475
File size: 632 KB

About the Author

Gordon Edgar loves cheese and worker-owned co-ops, and has been combining both of these infatuations as the cheese buyer for San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative since 1994. Edgar has been a judge at numerous national cheese competitions, a board member for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and has had a blog since 2002, which can be found at Edgar is the author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge (Chelsea Green 2010) and he enjoys mold in the right places, good cheese stink, and washing his hands upwards of one hundred times a day.


Table of Contents

1. Cheese dreams, cheese nightmares
2. Becoming a cheesemonger
3. Grass, farmland, and where my cheese love story begins
4. Herd animals, farmers, foodies, and co-op workers
5. The milk of human neurosis
6. Cheese culture, punk subculture, and Reagan cheese
7. Rennet, what's in it?
8. Salt in the wounds
9. Mold, secondary cultures, and cheese with stuff in it
10. None of us is getting any younger, especially not the cheese
11. What did I buy into?
12. Terroir, trucking, and knowing your place
13. Withstanding the cuts of a thousand cheese knives
14. The salesman smiled, the salesman lied
15. It's not what we eat, it's that we eat

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