Synopses & Reviews
Here is everything you need to know to make cheese at home! The expert advice from experienced cheesemakers includes easy and basic recipes for butter, yogurt, mozzarella, and chèvre to advanced step-by-step how-to advice on the use of molds and aging your cheeses—from cheddar and brie to feta, blue cheese, and more artisanal cheeses. And there’s directions for crafting cheese with cow, goat, or sheep milk. Author Janet Hurst is a twenty-year veteran home cheesemaker and educator, as well as a goatkeeper. Plus 20 established artisanal cheesemakers share there hard-won advice, recommendations, and favorite recipes.
I responded readily to Janet’s book because it is so friendly, simple to follow, attractive to the eye, well researched and has a very personal touch. It’s like sitting down with her and, over a cup of coffee and a plate of hot out of the oven scones, having her share all of these wonderful experiences. Her passion for cheese is evident.
Hurst, who's been making cheese at home for over 20 years, adds to a wave of recent books that address cheese making at home, part of a bigger trend linking learning and appreciation for the craft of food with budgeting. She provides a good selection of achievable recipes, such as for chèvre and halloumi, which further benefit from the many handsome illustrations. The distribution of some important information to later chapters and placement of profiles of cheese makers in the middle of explanatory sections undermine the instructional function of the book and break the flow. Verdict Compared to other titles like Jody Farnham and Marc Druart's The Joy of Cheesemaking, this guide is not as rigorous and places less emphasis on the science behind making cheese at home. Purchase only where cheese making is popular.—Peter Hepburn, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (Library Journal)
Making cheese at home is one of the joys of a self-sufficient lifestyle, along with gardening, canning, and raising chickens. Author Janet Hurst is a twenty-year-veteran home cheesemaker, who shows you how to easily craft your own cheddar, feta, chèvre, mozzarella, and 50 more cheeses. Included are profiles of 20 artisan cheesemakers—from Cypress Grove, Vermont Butter and Cheese, Shelburne Farms, Does Leap, Pure Luck, and more—and their favorite recipes.
About the Author
Janet Hurst has been a home artisanal cheesemaker for twenty years and is a certified cheesemaker through the University of Vermont's Institute of Artisan Cheese. She writes on cheesemaking for Mother Earth News, Mary Jane's Farm, Dairy Goat Journal, Countryside, and more.