Imagine telling your family that you are destined to be a writer. Not just any writer, but that you've narrowed it down even more; zeroed in to one topic, 'cheese'. Buying cheese is one of the most exhilarating yet often most intimidating food-buying experiences imaginable. It doesn't have to be. All you have to do is learn the Eight Basic Styles of Cheese and you'll be on your way to a worry-free cheese-buying experience. (and who would our cheese teacher be?) Laura Werlin is recognized as one of the country's foremost authorities on American cheese. She has written two award-winning books on the subject, a book on every body's favorite cheese sandwich called Great Grilled Cheese (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), and she has just released her fourth cheese book, Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007). Laura considers herself an ambassador for American cheese and hopes that by spreading the word about the cheeses made in this country that cheese lovers here and everywhere will develop a deeper appreciation for these cheeses as well as for the cheese makers who work so hard to make them. Learn how to host a wine and cheese party here. Can a writer pinpoint a subject any further? Success is in the details. (and smelly cheese)
Extra: Cheese History: Many historians believe that cheese making originated in the Middle East about 5,000 years ago. One legend cites the “discoverer” of cheese was an Arab nomad, who had filled his drinking bladder with milk to sustain him for a long journey across the desert. While resting on his trip, he discovered that the milk had separated into a watery liquid and solid white lumps. His drinking bladder was made from the stomach of a young animal, which contained a coagulating enzyme known as rennin. The rennin separated the curds (solid white lumps) and whey (watery liquid). And thus the first cheese was born…though it probably didn’t taste anything like a nice wedge of Stilton!