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The first point to make is that this oversize book is stunningly presented, with easy-on-the-eye text, helpfully broken up by subject headings, several on a page. And the photographic illustrations are in rich color and with clear detailing that makes the close-up shots comfortable on the eye as well. This handbook is for readers serious in their interest in and pursuit of home cheesemaking. With authority and clarity, the author delves deeply into the subject, explaining all the scientific aspects of the processes involved (in her words, “the beautiful interplay of science and art that goes into creating truly great cheeses”), including measuring acid development, aging cheese, adding flavors to cheese, and thinking about various ideas for equipment and work space. Part two is, as the author indicates, where the fun begins. Recipes are offered and explained in very easy terms. A complete package. --Brad Hooper

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"The first point to make is that this oversize book is stunningly presented, with easy-on-the-eye text, helpfully broken up by subject headings, several on a page. And the photographic illustrations are in rich color and with clear detailing that makes the close-up shots comfortable on the eye as well. This handbook is for readers serious in their interest in and pursuit of home cheesemaking. With authority and clarity, the author delves deeply into the subject, explaining all the scientific aspects of the processes involved (in her words, 'the beautiful interplay of science and art that goes into creating truly great cheeses'), including measuring acid development, aging cheese, adding flavors to cheese, and thinking about various ideas for equipment and work space. Part two is, as the author indicates, where the fun begins. Recipes are offered and explained in very easy terms. A complete package."



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"Somewhere between art and science, cheesemaking is not for the faint of heart. Caldwell begins her guide to the enterprise with a great deal of science. An extremely nuanced process becomes friendly through the author’s cheery advice and enthusiasm, then the book transitions into recipes that range from simple to quite advanced. A great guide for beginners and experts alike, Caldwell makes sense of the culture of cheese-making. Between recipes and advice, Caldwell gives credit to other experts in the field, pointing to relevant books, suppliers, and masters of the craft. The book also features a useful glossary of terms, an appendices with a troubleshooting guide, quick reference guide, and resources list. The layout is easy to read and well-organized; pictures illustrate what the end product should look like, a useful referent for those new to the process. More experienced cheesemakers will find ample difficulty to suit their study. Recipes start with the history of the cheese, then list ingredients, steps, and large-batch guidelines. From equipment to acidity, humidity to storage, Caldwell takes care to make sense of every step and each element. Throughout the process, she offers multiple options for further study and understanding, encouraging her readers to embrace the art, science, and community of cheesemaking. Caldwell’s comforting and impassioned talk of cheese will encourage any student willing to take on the adventure of cheesemaking. With its depth of information, this book will keep on giving as cheesemakers increase their mastery of the craft."



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Home hobbyists and any serious about commercial artisans will find Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking the ultimate key to moving from very basic ideas to creating masterpiece cheeses. Recipe-based cheese-making books alone often fail to cover the science and art of small-scale cheese making for all skill levels: this book packs in some thirty basic recipes with profiles of cheesemakers from around the world, information on home-scale equipment and cheese aging, and more. The result is a powerful recommendation that goes far beyond recipes alone to delve into the art and science of cheesemaking.



“Easy to understand and fun to read, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking provides valuable information on every aspect of cheesemaking―an excellent resource for both cheese makers and cheese lovers.”―Sally Fallon Morell, President, The Weston A. Price Foundation, and cheesemaker

 



"I am truly knocked out by this wonderful book. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is simply superb, and well-nigh flawless. Caldwell's voice comes through so clear, friendly, and free of clinicality. I have learned so much that I didn't realize I didn't know. In fact, the book is so good I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't even know how badly I needed it, and feel I am a vastly improved master cheesemonger for having been blessed with reading it."--Steven Jenkins, author of Cheese Primer



"If only Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking had been available a decade or so ago--my cheese making adventures would have been a lot less stressful. Already I see this as the new go-to book for my workshop attendees. Gianaclis Caldwell presents her method of making cheese as an intuitive process, and broaches the truly formidable task of the science of cheese making in an understandable way that only someone that has learned in the classroom and worked in the cheese room can. The section on surface ripened cheese is especially good since these cheeses are more difficult to ripen. Go out and get this book, if you haven't already."--Jim Wallace, New England Cheesemaking Supply Company



“Gianaclis Caldwell has poured her generous mind and heart into this book, and reveals the secret life of one of humanity’s most delicious foods. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is a wealth of in-depth information won by first-hand experience, yet it’s friendly and reassuring and skillfully unpacks the science and craft of cheesemaking for the interested hobbyist and the artisan alike. After reading it, I’m more fascinated by cheese than ever! My next project may well be a few little bloomy rinds. . . .”―Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset Magazine



"Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is the one book that tells you everything you need to know to become an award-winning cheese maker. Caldwell's practical and straightforward explanations make this entire book (along with its amusing anecdotes) a great pleasure to read. She makes it clear that artisan cheesemaking is a serious endeavor; but her light-hearted approach will remove the fear factor and inspire you to make a go of it anyway. And for everyone who just loves to eat fine artisan cheeses, this book will elevate your respect for all that goes into their creation. Among the recent bounty of books on cheese, this one is a must-have."--Max McCalman, author of Mastering Cheese



"I am in awe! For anyone who has ever written a book or sweated over a cheese vat, you know that both require artistry, focus and discipline, dedication, time and more time, and perhaps a bit of creative insanity. Gianaclis Caldwell has either a twin or a clone! As an accomplished artisan enterprise in Southern Oregon, her cheeses from Pholia Farm are beautiful, luscious, and consistently at the top of the game. In her new book, she argues eloquently for the strong relationship between art and science, for deeper understanding and appreciation of milk, and the chemistry and alchemy of a cheese vat. With dozens of recipes, she guides us to create delicious, consistently top-quality cheeses. And as the landscape of American artisan cheese heads towards 1,000 small-scale producers, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking offers each of them new insights, essential knowledge, and encouragement to experiment and succeed. I deeply admire and respect her ability, standards, and work ethic...now if I could just figure out how she did both!"--Jeffrey P. Roberts, author of The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese



"Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is a must-have book for the aspiring cheesemaker or cheesemonger. Not only is it amazingly easy to use as a reference book - laying out cheese science in as clear and jargon-free a way as possible - it's also a fun time for the cheese obsessed reader. Why does that rind look like that? How does that cheese get that amazing flavor? I'll admit, this book helped clear up some misperceptions I have held for twenty years about the way certain cheeses are made. I've read this once, but I know I will be referring to it over and over again.--Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge



"Gianaclis Caldwell has combined her extensive knowledge as an award-winning cheesemaker with complementary information from a variety of sources to create a practical guide that will delight both aspiring and seasoned home-scale cheesemakers. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking will be a valuable addition to any home cheesemaker's library."--Paul Kindstedt, author of Cheese and Culture and American Farmstead Cheese



"Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is a beautiful book, rich in theory and practice. Whether you want to deepen your appreciation and understanding for cheese, produce for your family, or bring artisanal cheeses to market, you won't be disappointed."--Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers and Long Way on a Little



"Gianaclis Caldwell, a farmstead cheese maker of famously delicious cheeses, has--amazingly--revealed all her hard-earned secrets in this wonderful new book. Reading Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is like taking an advanced cheese making class--not only do we learn how to make cheese at home, we learn the science behind the process, from flocculation to affinage. A must-read for anyone who wants to make cheeses at home."--Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer



“I have been waiting for a book like Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking for years. Gianaclis Caldwell’s detailed, thorough, and accurate guide is a godsend for both home cheesemakers just starting out as well as experienced professionals. Gianaclis has answered all of my tough questions in this remarkable tome; my only regret is that I needed this guide years ago when I was just starting out.”―Kurt Timmermeister, author of Growing a Farmer and commercial cheesemaker

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1 edition (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603583327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603583329
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The often cited adage "Those that can't do, teach" definitely does not apply to the work of Gianaclis Caldwell. In addition to actively managing their 70 head herd of dairy goats, Gianaclis is the cheesemaker and owner (along with her husband, Vern Caldwell) of Pholia Farm, a licensed dairy located on 24 of the 200 plus acres she grew up on in southern Oregon. Pholia is well known for its artisan, aged raw milk cheeses; classes on small-dairy, goat husbandry, and cheesemaking at all levels; and off-grid, sustainable life-style focus.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gianaclis-Caldwell/409644159053571

Blog and Speaking,Class,and Book signing calendar
http://gianacliscaldwell.wordpress.com/

Farm and Cheese Creamery
http://www.pholiafarm.com

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By lachevriere on September 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-Scale and Market Producers

I am a cheesemaker, farmer, artist, and lover of all things natural and beautiful. I've amassed a plethora of cheese and vintage recipe books... I wouldn't want to give up a one!! HOWEVER, if you could afford just one book on cheese... Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is 'Best All Around'. Gianaclis Caldwell gives credit to those who have gone before her, and they in turn have given her the credence she deserves for this accomplishment!

My very anticipated copy arrived three days ago, and I already need another one! This book is beautiful inside and out, and is chock-full of color photos! I must have one coffee table version; but I find the book to be such a comprehensive and easy to read guide that I'll need a copy in the cheese kitchen that can become well-worn with constant use!

One last, but very important thing... its really hard to keep a cheesemaker interested in a book from cover to cover. I can't even describe in words on how many levels I am enjoying this book.

Congratulations Gianaclis, and I can't wait to see what you do next!

Rona Myers Sullivan
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rose B. on January 7, 2013
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I am a newly licensed cheesemaker from Wisconsin and offer home cheesemaking classes in my home. Even after taking all those classes and passing the state exams, I still wanted more specific information about artisan cheeses, when to use certain cultures, trouble shooting when things don't go according to plan, and the options for aging and preserving cheese (affinage). This book fills all the gaps for me. The variety of cheeses featured, the recipes for both small (1-4 gallons) and large (12 gallon) batches is perfect for my home cheese makers and my 15 gallon pasteurizer vat. The book has great culture choice charts and a fun feature called "thinking outside the vat" which is a problem solving Q&A page. This feature will test your understanding of the process. If you are just starting out, Ricki Carroll's "Home Cheese Making" is easy and supplies are readily available from her New England Cheese Supply Company, but when you are ready to really understand the 'Magic' by which milk is transformed into so many different cheeses-- this is a MUST-HAVE-BOOK. Gianaclis has done a remarkable job putting all this information into a reader friendly format- it is like taking a cheesemaker's short course without leaving home. (Without the travel and expense). Do I sound excited? This book sits at the top of my cheese book library !! Rose B.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Sinclair on February 9, 2013
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If you are only going to buy one cheese making book this may or may not be the one for you. If you want to deeply understand cheese making and take your cheese making to the next level, if you want to really understand each step in cheese making and how you can make it better next time or if something has not worked out quite right and you need to troubleshoot, this is the book for you. If you would prefer a simpler, perhaps less complex approach give Rick Carroll's book or Mary Karlin's book a read.

The first half of this book is devoted to all the details which are very useful in terms of understanding the recipes and the second half is the recipes. The recipes are as presented cheese types rather than names you might be familiar with: 1) fresh, acid, coagulated cheese, 2) brined cheeses, fresh and aged, 3) white mold, surface ripened cheeses, 4) washed rind surfaced-ripened cheeses, 5) blue cheeses, 6) stretched and kneaded pasta filata cheeses, 7) semihard to hard cheeses, and 8) extra hard grating cheeses. Now this presentation style may have you thinking, "hey, I just want to make XYZ cheese"; this presentation style is different from other cheese making books but it I think that it allows me to develop as a cheese maker and style my own cheeses in each category rather than trying to mimic my favorite cheeses. But, specific cheese names are discussed in the introduction to each cheese type to help you.

While some newbie cheese makers might be put off by the detail, I found that I was able to jump in after reading the first half of the book with fewer questions and more confidence than I found with other books. Most questions are answered in the first half of the book or in the introduction to each recipe.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anut on October 3, 2012
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Gianaclis Caldwell's book has got to be the most down to earth, useful collection of knowledge I have yet read. Everyone should have this book! So many things I had learned the hard way or have yet to learn... addressed so simply in this book! The organizational approach she's used really hangs it all together in a way that leads to understanding what you're doing, far better than the more conventional cheese book. I've tried to view this book with a critical eye and I just can't find anything to complain about, except where was this book when I was first learning?! Her way of speaking is clear and easy to understand. Only on rare occasions did I find myself having to reread a verse--no fault to her! This book sets a new standard by which other books will be compared! It is the most intensive, helpful book I have read.

Did I mention how much I love this book?
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