Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-scale and Market Producers

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-scale and Market Producers

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By (author) Gianaclis Caldwell

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 251mm x 23mm | 1,043g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 1603583327
  • ISBN 13: 9781603583329
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Full-Colour Photos Throughout
  • Sales rank: 50,270

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The key to becoming a successful artisan cheesemaker is to develop the intuition essential for problem solving and developing unique styles of cheeses. There are an increasing number of books on the market about making cheese, but none approaches the intricacies of cheesemaking science alongside considerations for preparing each type of cheese variety in as much detail as Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Indeed, this book fills a big hole in the market. Beginner guides leave you wanting more content and explanation of process, while recipe-based cookbooks often fail to dig deeper into the science, and therefore don t allow for a truly intuitive cheesemaker to develop. Acclaimed cheesemaker Gianaclis Caldwell has written the book she wishes existed when she was starting out. Every serious home-scale artisan cheesemaker even those just beginning to experiment will want this book as their bible to take them from their first quick mozzarella to a French mimolette, and ultimately to designing their own unique cheeses. This comprehensive and user-friendly guide thoroughly explains the art and science that allow milk to be transformed into epicurean masterpieces. Caldwell offers a deep look at the history, science, culture, and art of making artisan cheese on a small scale, and includes detailed information on equipment and setting up a home-scale operation. A large part of the book includes extensive process-based recipes dictating not only the hard numbers, but also the concepts behind each style of cheese and everything you want to know about affinage (aging) and using oils, brushes, waxes, infusions, and other creative aging and flavoring techniques. Also included are beautiful photographs, profiles of other cheesemakers, and in-depth appendices for quick reference in the preparation and aging room. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking will also prove an invaluable resource for those with, or thinking of starting, a small-scale creamery. Let Gianaclis Caldwell be your mentor, guide, and cheering section as you follow the pathway to a mastery of cheesemaking. For the avid home hobbyist to the serious commercial artisan, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is an irreplaceable resource. "

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Gianaclis Caldwell has been teaching all levels of cheesemaking for years, as well as speaking and teaching about the business of farmstead cheese, both at her family's licensed cheese dairy, Pholia Farm, and at other venues including the American Dairy Goat Association annual convention, the American Cheese Society Conference and the Mother Earth News fairs. Her aged, raw milk cheeses have been recognized by America's foremost authorities on cheese, and Pholia Farm cheeses have been included in many major books on artisan cheese.

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Booklist-"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."