He simultaneously demystifies cheese, while wrestling with the myths and contradictions of the global food system. In Cheesemonger Edgar shares some of the anecdotes, secrets, and pleasures of working with and serving up this popular food item. The flavor of the cheese is tempered a little by the cooking, I think, but the Alfredo has an actual taste besides salty milk, and the sauce had some stick to it instead of being so watery. I honestly thought my body might just spontaneously explode a number of times in the days leading up to last Thursday. Workers running their own business is a radical thing, but day-to-day you have to be real. The book is filled with words, not pictures. As a collection it starts to be overly repetitive.
This evolution will not occur in the flavorless, orange blocks that are often passed off as quality cheese. Which, it sort of is. There's also an impressive discussion of the emotional labor of working in retail and the service industry in a community. Plenty of oddball customers have graced the cheese counter over the years. Gordon Edgar wrote a book about cheese and the politics of punk rock and worker-owned grocery stores. My job is to taste and select cheese for our store to carry, make signs describing those cheeses, help educate co-workers about cheese, and receive and examine the cheese as it gets delivered on the days I work. I gave up pot nearly 30 years ago it made my feet feel swollen , gin very reluctantly recently, when I discovered that it got me catastrophically drunk.
He describes his job through snapshots of his experiences with added insight into his perspective on it all. The softness combined with the stink was a little, um, advanced for my liking. The E-mail message field is required. I often found myself smiling at his quips, opinions and observations. It is the auto-biography of Gordon Edgar who is a San Fransisco based political activist, punk rocker turned cheesemonger. Edgar has been a judge at cheese competitions, a board member for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and has had a blog since 2002, which can be found at. I would not have made it to the end of this book if it wasn't so short.
The book became too repetitive and could have benefited from a good editor. Unique in the offering of cheese books, this one is more than an encyclopedia. The one negative I see is that his story got repetitive after a while; I wish there had been more anecdotes about experiences with customers, farmers, and sellers and a little less repetition about his punk background and the store's philosophy not that they weren't interesting topics, I just felt like he had nothing new to share on them by about halfway through. If you don't remember these 2 things as you read his book, just turn the page and he will be sure to remind you again and again. I could imagine Gordon telling the tale of cheese only to have the sudden realization of how cheese reminded him of a similar trend in the counter culture or even the dominant culture. He is also a popular , and his smart, funny, and sharply analytical memoir has recently been published by.
Not only is Cheesemonger a funny and endearing story of an ordinary bloke's developing relatio I've been reading a lot of foodie books lately, and have decided that there are two main categories. Edgar's the same sort of humble, no-nonsense, self-reflective guy I vaguely remember from twenty years ago. I enjoyed reading about the thoughtful path that led him there, and about his flowering from cheese enthusiasm to cheese expert. I found , discovered that he wrote a book, and then found his book at. If you are interested in food, or at least want to take a second look at that cheese case when you go to the grocery store, give Cheesemonger a shot.
The narrative is not exactly linear, and while it's extremely readable, I found myself thinking on multiple occasions that Edgar had made a point in almost the exact same words only a couple of chapters beforehand. Cheese is funny; it's also the best stuff on earth. I thought their reunion show would organize itself and people would be super excited to see them. There's also the snobbery aspect of cheese. A former punk-rock political activist, Edgar bluffed his way into his cheese job knowing almost nothing, but quickly discovered a whole world of ama Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge is the highly readable story of Gordon Edgar's unlikely career as a cheesemonger at San Francisco's worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. What went into making it that way? I might have created medical history if Stagey hadn't been there to constantly talk me down. His punk-rock aesthetic and political activism meshed beautifully with the worker-run natural foods store, but it wasn't until a revelatory encounter with an Antique Gruyere that a true passion was kindled.
You have to believe in the people at some level. I hit a rural cheese store with my oldest son a couple weeks ago and took a picture of part of the case: Intimidating, right? A portion of the book touches on the reality of farming and how modern people are disconnected from it in a variety of ways. From problem customers to animal rights, business ethics to taste epiphanies, this book offers something for everyone, including cheese profiles and recommendations for selecting the very best-not just the most expensive-cheeses from the United States and around the world and a look at the struggles dairy farmers face in their attempts to stay on and make their living from the land. Did that sort of association lead directly to my quitting this book? By the way, for a great book about the science of cheese, check out by Professor Paul Kindsedt. Occasionally the story slides away from cheese and moves toward his social and political views but those digressions are brief and they to help understand Gordon, the person, better. I also work behind the counter cutting, wrapping, pricing, and talking to customers part of the week.
The book needs to be longer! Great mix of info about cheese, cheese culture, workers' co-ops, the retail world, and even a little about punk rock. As an added bonus, he offers some great descriptions of the cheeses of the day. It's great to hear a voice on food from the punk route, and Gordon Edgar brings a fresh and important perspective that we could all use for handmade foods, those that aren't, and the people who buy them. His unique perspective as a cheesemonger in a San Francisco co-op, his uncontainable passion for cheese, and his ability to weave a tale like no other make Cheesemonger one of the most readable, entertaining, and educational books on cheese--and life--ever written. Cheese consumption by Americans has tripled in the last thirty years. A great smash-up of cultures: cheese, punkers, co-operators, and the surrounding communities of foodies, labor activists, and rural-urban divide.
Things that are punk rock -- punk rock bands during a particular time period. Great mix of info about cheese, cheese culture, workers' co-ops, the retail world, and even a little about punk rock. One of the best things about being worker-owned is that people stick around, so our cheese department is very experienced. Who would expect the memoir of a cheese man to be so fascinating, playful, and refreshing? Edgar's passion for the subject, including its politics and social implications, is unassailable, and should give readers a new perspective on their favorite wedge of fromage. It's clear tha A good, somewhat sarcastic read about the making of a punk rock activist, and almost incidentally, a cheesemonger.