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The Murray's Cheese Handbook: A Guide to More Than 300 of the World's Best Cheeses

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Not long ago, few restaurants served a cheese course and supermarkets rarely offered anything but generic, mass-produced cheese. Since then, America has become a nation caught in a bewildering but delicious avalanche of cow, sheep, and goat cheeses, including delectable artisanal and farmstead varieties. In this timely new handbook, Rob Kaufelt, cheese purveyor to Manhattan's top restaurants and owner of Murray's Cheese Shop, a Greenwich Village landmark, Murray's Cheese Shop, guides us through the pleasant predicament of choosing from the myriad offerings from around the world.

Sized to slide easily into purse or pocket, The Murray's Cheese Handbook makes it a snap for readers to:

- find taste descriptions, prices, and ratings of any of the hundreds of widely available cheeses Kaufelt has evaluated

- understand the five main types of cheese and get answers to frequently asked questions

- host a cheese tasting

- know when a cheese is at its peak or past its prime

- find lists of top ten cheeses by type and best choices under $5

- learn the right way to serve a cheese course

In the way that Andrea Immer Robinson's Wine Buying Guide and Zagat's made wining and dining simpler and more pleasurable, this practical, passionate handbook opens up a mouthwatering world of creamy, sharp, and tangy delights.

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"Kaufelt is the current proprietor of the 65-year-old New York City institution known as Murray's Cheese, a Greenwich Village shop of great renown and pungent aromas. (Thorpe oversees its wholesale department.) In this expertly handled and instructive catalogue, the authors include vital information for each of the 300-plus entries; there are mentions of milk type (denoted with icons of a goat, cow, sheep or water buffalo); country of origin; whether the cheese is raw or pasteurized; and the type (semisoft, firm, etc.). The authors wax poetic and multisyllabic on cheeses familiar and obscure, bloomy and blue. To wit, the entry on La Serena cheese begins, 'Deep in Extremadura, where Merino sheep forage on slate and granite soil, La Serena is a testament to creative seasonal cheesemaking.' And of Shropshire blue: 'It's as if staid Stilton had a more flamboyant twin.' The authors include a glossary and a series of lists and indexes that cover such territory as what cheeses to serve before a meal, top 10 'Most Intimidating Cheeses' (#9: Stinking Bishop), beer and wine pairings, and 'Cheeses to Eat Before You Die.' Readers whose town lacks a decent cheese shop might find their mouths watering in frustration, but taken as literature, it would be semihard to find a finer book of prose poetry. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In this timely new handbook, Rob Kaufelt, cheese purveyor to Manhattan's top restaurants and owner of Murray's Cheese Shop, guides cheese-lovers through the pleasant predicament of choosing from the myriad offerings from around the world. 300 entries.

Synopsis:

Rob Kaufelt, cheese purveyor to Americans top restaurants and owner of Murrays Cheese—named the worlds best cheese store by Forbes magazine—guides us through the bewildering variety of cheeses available today in this entertaining and indispensable guide featuring:

*Descriptions of more than 300 cheeses from across America and around the world, including what to drink with each

*Suggested accompaniments for all the different styles and types of cheeses

*How to arrange cheese plates for dressed-up dinners or casual cheese tastings

*The best cheeses to serve before a meal, with a salad, or for a gooey grilled cheese sandwich

*Must-have lists: The Ten Most Intimidating Cheeses, Sexiest Cheeses, Cheeses to Eat Before You Die

*Answers to the most frequently asked questions about cheese

About the Author

In 1991, ROB KAUFELT bought the original Murrays Cheese Shop. He has since moved the store (just across the street) and ambitiously expanded it. A nationally recognized cheese expert, Rob has appeared on the Food Network and has been profiled in The New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

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jlsrpierce, May 17, 2008 (view all comments by jlsrpierce)
I make cheese, run a website and forum at www.CheeseForum.org, and got this book to broaden my knowledge of different cheeses. "The Murray’s Cheese Handbook" is a long thin ½ in/1 cm thick format good for putting in a pocket. It was written by the current owner of the famous Murray’s Cheese Store in New York City, USA. It has the normal intro and FAQ and pairing with wine sections but the bulk of the book is a listing and summary of 300+ of the author’s favorite US and international cheeses, roughly ½ a page per cheese, no pictures. Nice quality paper, binding and cover that would stand up to many trips in pocket while visiting cheese stores. But, if you want more details and pictures there are better albeit bigger encyclopedia type books out there.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767921305
Author:
Kaufelt, Rob
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Rob Kaufelt
Author:
Kaufelt, Robert
Author:
Thorpe, Liz
Subject:
Cheese
Subject:
Cookery (Cheese)
Subject:
Specific Ingredients - Dairy
Subject:
Dairy
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Dairy and Eggs
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.58x4.00x.60 in. .52 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kaufelt is the current proprietor of the 65-year-old New York City institution known as Murray's Cheese, a Greenwich Village shop of great renown and pungent aromas. (Thorpe oversees its wholesale department.) In this expertly handled and instructive catalogue, the authors include vital information for each of the 300-plus entries; there are mentions of milk type (denoted with icons of a goat, cow, sheep or water buffalo); country of origin; whether the cheese is raw or pasteurized; and the type (semisoft, firm, etc.). The authors wax poetic and multisyllabic on cheeses familiar and obscure, bloomy and blue. To wit, the entry on La Serena cheese begins, 'Deep in Extremadura, where Merino sheep forage on slate and granite soil, La Serena is a testament to creative seasonal cheesemaking.' And of Shropshire blue: 'It's as if staid Stilton had a more flamboyant twin.' The authors include a glossary and a series of lists and indexes that cover such territory as what cheeses to serve before a meal, top 10 'Most Intimidating Cheeses' (#9: Stinking Bishop), beer and wine pairings, and 'Cheeses to Eat Before You Die.' Readers whose town lacks a decent cheese shop might find their mouths watering in frustration, but taken as literature, it would be semihard to find a finer book of prose poetry. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this timely new handbook, Rob Kaufelt, cheese purveyor to Manhattan's top restaurants and owner of Murray's Cheese Shop, guides cheese-lovers through the pleasant predicament of choosing from the myriad offerings from around the world. 300 entries.

"Synopsis" by , Rob Kaufelt, cheese purveyor to Americans top restaurants and owner of Murrays Cheese—named the worlds best cheese store by Forbes magazine—guides us through the bewildering variety of cheeses available today in this entertaining and indispensable guide featuring:

*Descriptions of more than 300 cheeses from across America and around the world, including what to drink with each

*Suggested accompaniments for all the different styles and types of cheeses

*How to arrange cheese plates for dressed-up dinners or casual cheese tastings

*The best cheeses to serve before a meal, with a salad, or for a gooey grilled cheese sandwich

*Must-have lists: The Ten Most Intimidating Cheeses, Sexiest Cheeses, Cheeses to Eat Before You Die

*Answers to the most frequently asked questions about cheese

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