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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811857433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811857437
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book offers a profile of 70 cheeses, from Spanish Mahon to dry Monterey Jack, and each includes wines that would pair well with them. It's simple, easy to use and informative." &mdashSan Antonio Express-News, December 12, 2007

About the Author

Janet Fletcher is a food columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of several Chronicle Books cookbooks.

Victoria Pearson's photographs have been featured in Party Appetizers, Ice Creams & Sorbets, and Dinner Parties.

More About the Author

Janet Fletcher is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books on food and beverage. Her complimentary e-mail newsletter, Planet Cheese, is read by cheese enthusiasts internationally, and she is a member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. A longtime contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Janet has received three James Beard Awards and the IACP Bert Greene Award for her newspaper journalism. Her writing has also appeared in numerous national magazines, including Saveur, Bon Appetit, Fine Cooking, Culture and Food & Wine. A resident of California's Napa Valley, where she maintains a large garden of perennials and edibles, Janet teaches cooking and cheese-appreciation classes around the country (www.janetfletcher.com)

Customer Reviews

A beautiful book, extremely well written, elegantly photographed.
penney c
I saw this book on Crate and Barrel's website when I was buying a cheese related wedding gift for my girlfriend.
Malarie
I'm slowly working my way through the list of cheeses at the front of the book.
T. Darlington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Darlington on November 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What I like about this book is that it's so approachable, and whenever I open it, I get ideas for new cheeses to try and ways for serving them. Other reviewers are right: this isn't a comprehensive guide, but that's fine -- those already exist. I go to Steven Jenkins' CHEESE PRIMER whenever I want to learn the history of a cheese, and I carry MURRAY'S CHEESE HANDBOOK in my jacket pocket whenever I go to the cheese counter, but I find that I pull out Janet Fletcher's book whenever I have people over or whenever I want ideas for hosting a tasting. The photos are stunning, and the prose is just as beautiful. I'm slowly working my way through the list of cheeses at the front of the book. CHEESE & WINE creates curiosity and reverence for cheese, and that, to me, is just as worthwhile as a book that offers pricing, thumbnail photos, and tasting notes. As a smartly written coffee table book designed to inspire, it accomplishes exactly what it should.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sibelius on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Janet Fletcher's "Cheese & Wine," is a decent compendium of the major Western European and American cheeses of the world but is somewhat lacking in basic information to make this is a must-buy. For starters, it is disappointing that only (approximately) half of the 70 cheeses listed in the book are accompained by photographic images. For a book that purports itself to be a good starting point for cheese novices this lack of visual information is a serious mis-cue. Another point that was disappointing was the lack of any pricing info on the assortment of cheeses. Even the most cursory inclusion of the general pricing for each item would have been greatly welcome. That being said the photos that are included are all spectacular and it goes without saying that the overall construction and layout of this tome is extremely well-done and very handsome throughout.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Garrett M. Mccord on February 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book has been instrumental in my personal mission to teach myself more about cheese! From the where and how it's developed to wine pairings, to ideas on putting together successful cheese plates, it's a must have for any at home cheesemonger!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Hitch on February 11, 2011
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The Wine and cheese book was excellent. It explained the types of cheeses and how they were made and then paired the cheeses with wine that would complement them. I have learned a lot and have begun experimenting with different wines and cheeses.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By aptreader on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book to look through. As a practical guide, however,
it didn't really offer much that I could use. I have found it very difficult to locate a good number of the cheeses described in the book. So, while it was fun to read about international cheeses and the history of cheeses, I have not been able to actually try them, which I thought would be the point of the book.
Living in the Midwest, I am well aware that the nearby state of Wisconsin is the biggest producer of cheeses in the U.S. and I expected that region to be well represented in the book. Several cheesemakers there have won international contests, in the cheddar category as well as several others, and yet I found only one reference to a Wisconsin cheesemaker.
Favorite cheeses, Havarti and Brick, were not even mentioned in the book. Perhaps I need to find a cheese guide that focuses more on the readily available types found throughout the country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Kelley on January 16, 2014
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However, I already have the same cheese/wine book and have enjoyed it and used it as a reference many times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DavisJes on August 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Found this gem of a book at a used bookstore for about $5. Devoured half the book in one sitting. At work no less! There are so many wonderful cheeses in this book is is sad that most can't be imported into the USA. I find it a wonderful companion to The World Cheese Book. This will definitely come in handy next time my friend and I throw a cheese and wine party.
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Some of the cheeses mentioned aren't readily available in my area, so the book's usefulness to me won't be what I had hoped for. However, overall it is a very nicely done guide.
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