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Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses Paperback – October 14, 2002
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“[Ricki Carroll] has inspired artisans from Lorie to Las Vagas. She’s the Billy Graham of Cheese.” – Barbara Kingsolver, from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
“This book covers everything the novice cheesemaker needs to know about making delicious cheese on the first try” – San Francisco Examiner
“A thorough and practical guide.” – Bon Appetit
“A must-read for anyone interested in cheese making!…offering abled cheese makers knowledge to excel at their craft and novices a world of information…” – Jodi Wische, Old Chatham Sheepherding Co.
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For the money it has to be the best aid to a home cheesemaker that one can buy. I highly recomend this book to anyone who wants to start out making cheese.
I wrote in to her website only to receive no answer. My next step is a phone call. I have the book and unless I find out how much starter is in each package, it's useless.
The recipes look nice, the book is well laid out and easy to understand, but I take issue with her attempting to get me to buy supplies only from her. There is more than one kind of lipase available, she only discusses the one she sells. What about us folks who have already purchased starter from someone else? How about a measurement in teaspoons? Or a conversion chart - not too difficult to do.
My advice? If you are planning to buy this book, plan to buy starter from Ricki. It's more expensive, but you won't have the headache of trying to figure out the conversions.
Aside from dedicated foodies and the armchair foodies whose experience is largely from Food Network travelogues, there is the hard core cheese hobbyist and unregenerated counterculture `Whole Earth Catalogue Hippie' who grows a lot of their own food and makes their own wine or beer to foster an independence from commercial products. This book is really for you.
The first thing which both pleased and surprised me about the book is that it does not limit itself to soft, fresh cheeses such as queso blanco, mozzarella, cream cheese, mascarpone and mozzarella. It doesn't even stop at cured mozzarella, giving provolone. It goes all the way to the hard grana cheeses such as Romano and Parmesan, plus cheddar, blue cheeses, and the soft cured cheeses (Brie, Camembert, Limburger) along the way.Read more ›
While there was a lot of useful and interesting info in the book, the directions on how to make this 30-min mozz did not jive with her kit directions, nor did they even jive with the directions offered on her website (and there are two sets of slightly diffeent directions on the site!!). So, four sets of directions, each a little different (including target temperatures!!!), this beginner was frustrated from moment 1.
First batch failed entirely, probably due to the milk used. Bought another brand, dug around in the bin for the freshest one...this time things went better, BUT the curds did NOT form in the time she tells you....nor a half-hr later. Nearly an hour later, got soft curds and was never sure if they were "right"....they seemed too soft. Did manage to make 2 balls of cheese, but they tasted a little cooked.
I wrote to her website asking for help understanding what happened and for process clarification. No response a week later. I also wrote to this guy Steve who has his own cheese making website. He promptly answered, explaining that when he sells the Ricki kit he actually includes HIS OWN DIRECTIONS. Apparently the curd will often take up to an hour to set and tablet rennet (in the kit) can take a bit longer than liquid rennet. He offered a few other notes that very effectively explained what I was experiencing.
I am hesitant to make other cheeses from this book.Read more ›
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The perfect gift for a cheese lover added to Standing Stone Farms Ultimate Cheese Making kit was a hit!! And I know what to get two others for birthdays too!Published 10 days ago by Ellen
It has all the information you need for making cheese. Just start with easier types!Published 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
If you could only afford to purchase one book to learn to learn the how's and whys of making cheese, this is the book to spend your money on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Probably the best basic cheesemaking book available. It explains cheesemaking in simple terms and the recipes are easy to follow and have a lot of variety. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jimvermont
Ricki really knows her stuff. Has been around a long time. This is my go-to book, always has been, always will be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Sizer
Very detailed book. Its all you need to know to make your own cheese at home. It provides you with cheese making recipes and step by step instructions. Well worth the money.Published 1 month ago by Roman
This is a good book but takes more steps to make cheese than online recipes.Published 1 month ago by Lmeast Slacka
Gave this as a gift, I was hoping for more ideas that didn't require special or hard to find ingredients, but there were some. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MD