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Reinventing the Wheel; Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese
The Cheese Board Collective
Berkeley, CA
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Reinventing the Wheel; Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese
What, exactly, is "real cheese", and why are we fighting so hard to defend it? Come listen, learn, and taste your way through an educational evening with Bronwen Percival and Francis Percival, authors of "Reinventing the Wheel". We are also celebrating the official US publication date! Books will be available for purchase onsite; 15% off cover price.

"In little more that a century, industrial mindsets have altered every aspect of the cheesemaking process, from the bodies of the animals that provide the milk, to the microbial strains that ferment it, to the methods used to make the cheese. Reinventing the Wheel explores what has been lost as single-farm cheeses that convey a sense of place have given way to the juggernaut of homogenous factory production. Frances and Bronwen reject the mainstream shift toward higher yields and monoculture. Instead, they find inspiration in recent scientific advances that challenge conventional wisdom about the need for pasteurization and reveal the resilience and complexity of the indigenous microbial cultures that contribute to the flavor of the cheese."

Bronwen Percival is the cheese buyer and Neal's Yard Dairy in London. She initiated the biennial Science of Artisan Cheese Conference and is cofounder of the website microbial foods.org. In addition to serving on the editorial board of the Oxford Companion to Cheese, she recently edited an English translation of the leading French textbook on raw milk microbiology for cheesemakers.
Francis Percival writes on food and wine for The World of Fine Wine, for which he won the Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year award in 2013 and Pio Cesare Wine and Food Writer of the Year 2015. His work has also appeared in Culture, Decanter, Saveur, and the Financial Times. Together with Bronwen, he is a cofounder of the London Gastronomy Seminars.


The Cheese Board Collective (View)
1504 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Food > Markets & Farms

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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