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This review is from: Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge (Paperback)
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A punk rocker selling cheese? A punk rocker selling cheese and then writing about it? Yes and yes. And, more to the point, he writes about it well. "Cheesemonger" reminds me of The Curse of the Labrador Duck: My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction and The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession as another example of how effective good writing can be in making one man's fascination into the reader's. Unlike the two books I cited, though, "Cheesemonger" does not involve the author's going on a quest. Rather, Gordon Edgar has made his living selling cheese. As such, he went from novice to expert, and he shares this journey with us, giving a good number of laughs along the way.
For me, at least, reading about food is not much good if you cannot go out and experience some of it, and "Cheesemonger" ends each chapter with a brief description of the cheeses discussed in the chapter and their prices. Sometimes, the prices are enough to dampen whatever ardor I have developed during the course of reading, but still, I now have a list of cheeses to try at some point, and that, I think, is tribute enough to the author. It seems reasonable to measure the success of a book like this on its ability to influence readers, and on this count, Edgar has succeeded. Prior to reading this, I had experienced little more exotic than feta cheese. Now, I'm ready to explore--and even if I weren't, I had fun reading the book, and that is another measure of the book's success. For readers who enjoyed this, I highly recommend "The Fruit Hunters" as a companion to help expand their palate.