by Michael Paterniti

Reviewer Rating:


I chose this book because of the intriguing title, and intriguing is one word I would use to describe it, along with inconsistent and occasionally irritating. Michael Paterniti is an American magazine writer who becomes obsessed with a certain expensive artisanal cheese that comes from a tiny village in rural Spain. He travels there to find the maker of the cheese, eventually even moving his small family there for a time. While the dramatic story of the cheese and it's maker is fascinating, the lengthy digressions, many footnotes and over the top writing style became rather cloying for me. The writer diverges for the tale of the cheese to meditate on life in rural Spain versus life in America, the slow food movement, the artisanal food movement, etcetera, etcetera. With more stringent editing, this could have been a truly great read.

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