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The accessible guide to selecting, cooking with, and making cheese!

From a pungent Gorgonzola to the creamiest Brie, the world of cheese involves a vocabulary of taste second only to wine. The cheese section of the grocery store and cheese shop can seem, for some, a bewildering experience. With the increasing popularity of artisanal cheeses, this humble food made from curdled milk has become a national obsession. To make the world of cheese less intimidating, we've created a handy primer to selecting cheese, pairing cheese with wine, cooking with cheese, and making cheese. In Cheese For Dummies, everyday cheese lovers will learn how to become true connoisseurs!

  • Discover new tastes — develop a palate to discern which cheese is right for you
  • Take a tour — explore different cheeses from around the world
  • Examine the process of cheesemaking — review the key ingredients in cheese and how they come together
  • Explore the history of cheese — find out how cheese was accidentally created over 12,000 years ago
  • Discover the types of cheeses available — note the difference between fresh, surface-ripened, washed-rind, natural-rind, and blue cheeses
  • Delve into cheesy combinations — create an impressive cheese plate with the right accompaniments
  • Learn to accessorize — explore different cheese boards, knives, and other accessories for your needs
  • Find the right temperature — learn about the best serving temperature and storage methods for your favorite cheeses
  • Get hands-on experience — discover how you can make your own cheese at home

Open the book and find:

  • The benefits of daily dairy consumption
  • Different cheese styles and rind types
  • Questions to ask your cheesemonger
  • How to select the best quality cheeses
  • Recipes that make cheese the life of the party
  • Details on domestic and imported cheeses
  • How to pair cheese with wine, beer, and other beverages
  • Online cheese resources
  • Photos of different styles and varieties of cheese

Learn to:

  • Appreciate cheeses from around the world
  • Pair cheese with wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Prepare delicious recipes featuring cheese
  • Make your own cheese
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118099397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118099391
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laurel Miller is a Colorado-based food and travel writer, former cheesemonger, and the contributing editor at culture: the word on cheese. She also freelances for a variety of regional and national magazines and food, travel, and lifestyle websites.

Laurel grew up on a small California ranch raising dairy goats and a menagerie of other animals, which is what inspired her to educate people about sustainable agriculture and seasonal eating through her business, The Sustainable Kitchen ®. When not sitting in her pajamas in front of her computer, Laurel can be found enjoying the outdoors, or backpacking around the world eating street food and acquiring new and exciting tropical diseases. Cheese for Dummies is her first book.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By willfro on May 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Miller and Skinner have taken a topic that could fill encyclopedias and made it accessible and fun. Unlike an encyclopedia, though, there's lots of information on doing it yourself, and the book hits a good balance between giving you the facts and giving practical advice. So not only do they explain the difference between Brie and Camembert, or decode cryptic cheese labels, but they help you go into the grocery store and pick out a couple wedges for dinner, and maybe a bottle of wine or beer to go along with it.

It's all done in a very straightforward, friendly manner, without talking down to the reader or dumbing down the content. Reading it, I get inspired to go shopping and start tasting some cheese right away!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dee Long on May 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
We've come a long way baby from just using American cheese in grilled cheese sandwiches or shredded cheddar in our mac 'n cheese. In the past 20 years the American palate has come lightyears in its quest for learning everything about cheeses from around the world. The Dummies series delivers once again in its goal toward "making everything easier" in this new volume devoted to every aspect of cheese. We especially like the chapter "Ten Cheeses We'd Like You to Try" and the nice smattering of recipes that will help the reader "make cheese the life of the party" as you entertain this summer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheese Goldilocks on May 14, 2012
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Finally here's a guide that gives a really easy-to-understand overview of the vast cheese world and how to make your way around it with satisfaction, curiosity, and adventure--not to mention a little stinkiness!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wedge Head on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having been a life long fan of cheese, a friend recently gave me this book. Although there are many cheese books out there, most of them fail to explain the basics and, believe me, cheese world can pretty confusing!

So far, I've learned a lot and am really impressed with the content, which is presented in an approachable, fun and understandable way and really draws the reader in. The authors clearly know their subject well and have inspired me to learn more. Also, the photographs are a great addition. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has more than a passing interest in cheese and wants to delve into the subject further.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hello Happy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 22, 2012
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I once heard one of my children explaining to another that there were four kinds of cheeses in the world: string, "orange" (aka cheddar), "pizza" (mozzarella) and "hamburger" (American "cheese"). I realized at that moment that it was time to broaden my family's culinary horizons. We bought some brie the next time we went to the store, the kids loved it, and we've been cautiously experimental since then. For myself, I love tasting all sorts of cheeses, but still knew that compared with the wide world of cheese out there, I might as well be like my children with only the "four cheeses" to enjoy.

So I was delighted to get the truly (and literally) amazing Cheese For Dummies book from Laurel Miller, Thalassa Skinner, and the staff of CultureCheeseMag.com, which is published by Wiley. The book includes a forward from celebrity chef Ming Tsai (who I still can't believe didn't win the Next Iron Chef), who says that TITLE "should not be overlooked by foodies or self-professed cheese connoisseurs" because it provides "essential information you need in an easy-to-digest format" and "is extremely current, with content you won't find in other resources."

Cheese For Dummies includes a number of incredible recipes for all eight-courses of any meal, from the simple -- "Bistro Salad with Poached Egg and Parmigiano-Reggiano" -- to the fancy, like their "New Classic Cheese Souffle." The book offers both savory dishes -- "Pan-Roasted Wild Mushrooms over Cheddar Polenta with Pumpkinseed Oil" or their "Cheesemonger Mac & Cheese" -- as well as sweet, like their "Dried Apricot Goat Cheese Tart.
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By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2014
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I enjoyed being able to go to different areas, and look up different cheeses and serving suggestions. While I have been exposed to different cheeses since childhood, my husband has not. I was also introduced to several cheeses which we are going to try in the near future. Am glad I have this on my Kindle so I can go back and re-read sections when I choose.
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By William on November 6, 2012
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Got the Kindle edition on my Fire. The book was easy to read and full of information. It lives up to the high standards of most Dummies books. If you are looking for a book on how to make cheese, or a book of recipes, this isn't it. However, if you want to boost your knowledge and eventually your appriciation of cheese, this is a must have.
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Format: Paperback
Cheese For Dummies really delivers. I already have a fairly good book on cheeses of the world, and was famlliar with cheese basics but I've learned a lot from this book.

As a plus, the writing style is wonderfully entertaining. The book also has lovely color photographs. RECOMMENDED.
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