A Life on the Wedge

Book - 2010
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A professional cheesemonger recounts his life and career along with information on the various aspects of the cheese movement, including animal rights, co-operatives, and the politics of cheese.

Chelsea Green Publishing

Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge is the highly readable story of Gordon Edgar's unlikely career as a cheesemonger at San Francisco's worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. A former punk-rock political activist, Edgar bluffed his way into his cheese job knowing almost nothing, but quickly discovered a whole world of amazing artisan cheeses. There he developed a deep understanding and respect for the styles, producers, animals, and techniques that go into making great cheese.

With a refreshingly unpretentious sensibility, Edgar intertwines his own life story with his ongoing love affair with cheese, and offers readers an unflinching, highly entertaining on-the-ground look at America's growing cheese movement. From problem customers to animal rights, business ethics to taste epiphanies, this book offers something for everyone, including cheese profiles and recommendations for selecting the very best-not just the most expensive-cheeses from the United States and around the world and a look at the struggles dairy farmers face in their attempts to stay on and make their living from the land.

Edgar-a smart, progressive cheese man with an activist's edge-enlightens and delights with his view of the world from behind the cheese counter and his appreciation for the skill and tradition that go into a good wedge of Morbier.

Cheesemonger is the first book of its kind-a cheese memoir with attitude and information that will appeal to everyone from serious foodies to urban food activists.

Book News
Edgar, San Francisco punk-turned-cheese-man, offers this informative memoir filled with sharp-witted humor that may forever change your perception of fermented dairy products. Along with telling his own story, Edgar informs readers of many aspects of the cheese movement such as animal rights, sustainable farming practices, the politics of cheese, co-operatives, as well as how to identify a good parmigiano reggiano or gruyére. This book is for anyone who has eaten cheese, bought food from a grocer, or is thinking about eating cheese bought from a grocer. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2010
ISBN: 9781603582377
Characteristics: xiii, 236 p. ; 23 cm


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