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A Cheesemonger’s Tour de France (Hardback)
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A Cheesemonger’s Tour de France (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 03/10/2024
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Waterstones Says

From patriotic Camembert to regal Brie, the author of the hugely entertaining A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles guides readers on an illuminating journey through French cheese.

Charles de Gaulle famously said it was impossible to govern a country with 246 different cheeses. And perhaps he was right. Every French cheese carries an essence of the place where it's made - its history, identity and landscape. Sometimes that's a physical thing, as the hard texture of Comté echoes its rugged Alpine home. Other times it's about power and politics - Brie swelling to royal dimensions due to its proximity to the French court, or Camembert gaining national status after being supplied in patriotic boxes to First World War soldiers.

In A Cheesemonger's Tour de France, Ned Palmer wends his way around the country's regions, meeting the remarkable cheesemakers who carry the torch for France's oldest and most intense traditions. As he explains the mysteries of terroir and why each of those different fromages taste as they do, he shows that a French cheeseboard offers genuine insights into la Belle République.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788166935
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Praise for A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles: A delightful and informative romp through centuries of British cheesemaking ... it would make a fine Christmas present, along with a wedge of SparkenhoeRed Leicester - Bee Wislon, Guardian

Palmer writes with pace and passion, and his encounters with modern-day practitioners fizz with infectious delight ... Full of flavour. - Sunday Times

Part history, part travelogue and part tasting menu ... an utter delight, rousing, infectiously impassioned and inspiring. - Stephanie Sy-Quia, Spectator

I hugely enjoyed [this] engaging, learned, funny, surprising book. Palmer wears his extraordinary range of knowledge lightly, but he is serious too. His book is history from below, from the perspective of daily life ... the best kind of social history, the kind you can eat - John Lanchester

A beautifully textured tour around the cheeseboard - Simon Garfield

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