Book Review: Canadian Cheese – A Guide by Kathy Guidi

Book Review: Canadian Cheese – A Guide by Kathy Guidi

LiQ_Mag_Mar_2015_coverThis book review first appeared in the March 2015 issue of Life in Québec Magazine and on Quebec news and information portal LifeinQuebec.com.

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Canadian Cheese – A Guide
By Kathy Guidi
ISBN 9781770853621
Price: $19.95
Published by Firefly Books

This book is a concise introduction to the process of artisanal cheese production, but it should definitely be complemented by one own’s tastings. The writer recommends bringing the guide t to cheese stores with you.

The compact size of the book makes this possible, although it is rather awkward bringing the guide to the store when a simple conversation with the storekeeper can be just as helpful. Skimming the entire guide beforehand and using it as a reference seems the best way to get the most out of it.

It was remarkable how many of the featured cheeses were from Quebec. Although the categorization of cheeses according to types was very helpful, a short comparison between cheeses made inside and outside of Québec would have been appreciated. The culture of artisanal cheese in Quebec has really exploded in the past few years, and that should have been reflected more in the guide.

LiQ_Mag_Sub_BannerNonetheless, this guide was an excellent reference to Canadian cheeses. For those who want to impress their friends with their grasp of cheese, it can make the perfect dinner party companion.

Review by Cece Zhu

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