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Explains how cheese is made, describes a variety of popular cheeses, and shares recipes for appetizers, quiches, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, souffles, omelets, crepes, and dessertsshow more

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  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 203.2 x 269.24 x 7.62mm | 294.83g
  • Sunset Books,U.S.
  • Menlo Park, CA, United States
  • English
  • colour photographs
  • 0376022620
  • 9780376022622

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'Cheese... to me there was something revolting and ridiculous about this commodity.' And with these less than enthusiastic words, the hero of Elsschot's classic launches himself upon the wholesale Edam market. Although he likes to be introduced to people as 'Laarmans from the shipping yard', Frans Laarmans is keenly aware that he's only a humble shipping clerk, with no status in the kind of society he aspires to join. When in the company of successful businessmen, he sits in the corner and thinks about what he ought to say while other - more entrepreneurial - people occupy the conversational foreground. And then, by a stroke of luck, he is offered the chance to become an entrepreneur himself: the agent for a Dutch cheese company. And not just any kind of agent - but chief agent for Belgium and the Duchy of Luxembourg. It's the work of a moment for Laarman to take extended sick leave and set up the company of his dreams. But how do you become a top cheese salesman if you never touch the stuff, won't mention it on your letterhead, don't want anyone from work to discover you're working and have never sold anything to anyone in your life? Laarmans discovers there is more to being an entrepreneur than meets the eye, and that 10,000 two-kilo full-cream Edams take a lot of shifting. A European classic ever since it was first published in Belgium in 1933, this is a tragicomedy of aspiration versus real life; its Pooterish anti-hero doomed to failure because he has no capacity to succeed, only to dream. (Kirkus UK)show more

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