Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Gordon Edgar

By Gordon Edgar

Publish yr note: First released April 1st 2009 by way of MacAdam/Cage

Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A lifestyles at the Wedge is the hugely readable tale of Gordon Edgar's not likely profession as a cheesemonger at San Francisco's worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. A former punk-rock political activist, Edgar bluffed his manner into his cheese activity realizing virtually not anything, yet fast chanced on an entire international of wonderful artisan cheeses. There he built a deep realizing and appreciate for the types, manufacturers, animals, and methods that cross into making nice cheese.

With a refreshingly unpretentious sensibility, Edgar intertwines his personal lifestyles tale along with his ongoing love affair with cheese, and provides readers an unflinching, hugely pleasing on-the-ground examine America's turning out to be cheese stream. From challenge buyers to animal rights, company ethics to style epiphanies, this ebook deals anything for everybody, together with cheese profiles and suggestions for choosing the very best-not simply the main expensive-cheeses from the U.S. and around the globe and a glance on the struggles dairy farmers face of their makes an attempt to stick on and make their dwelling from the land.

Edgar-a clever, revolutionary cheese guy with an activist's edge-enlightens and delights along with his view of the realm from in the back of the cheese counter and his appreciation for the ability and culture that move right into a solid wedge of Morbier.

Cheesemonger is the 1st e-book of its kind-a cheese memoir with angle and knowledge that would entice every person from critical foodies to city nutrition activists.

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