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An Autobiography of Cheese: From Cheese Hater to Cheese Club Member — 29 Comments

  1. We love cheese around here. So glad you found a way to enjoy it as well. My husband and I are taking a trip soon and I plan on getting some lovely cheeses from a shop I know in the area. I haven’t blogged much about the trip but the date is approaching. For now, I’m too excited to put it into words.

  2. I love this post! I adore cheese and have been dying to read this book. I’m afraid to do it until after my pregnancy is over though (there are a lot of cheeses you’re not supposed to eat while pregnant…this book would be too tempting right now!!). 🙂 I’m glad you’ve stepped happily into the wild world of cheese!

  3. I would have a very hard time if I developed a lactose intolerance, not because I’m a milk drinker, but because I’ve always loved cheese. That being said, my appreciation is far from sophisticated. Maybe The Whole Fromage can help me out.

  4. Great post! Reminds me- just recently I was at a cheese store on the village with a friend… When he asked me what kind of cheese I liked (they were giving samples if pretty much anything) I genuinely said, Cheddar? Upon which he mercilessly teased me about having the palate of a 7 year old

  5. Um that should have said,

    Great post! Reminds me- just recently I was at a cheese store in the village with a friend… When he asked me what kind of cheese I liked (they were giving samples of pretty much anything) I tentatively said, Cheddar? Upon which he mercilessly teased me about having the palate of a 7 year old

  6. Joy, I can’t imagine not liking cheese. Even my finicky 17-year-old will cut slices of stinky brie and eat it. Thanks for letting me know about this fun post.

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  8. That sounds almost exactly like me. I grew up hating cheese and would only eat melted cheese like on pizza. Even sandwiches, I ate without cheese. Few years back, I started eating a little cheese at a time and now, I am fully in love with this yummy thing. How is that even possible?

  9. Pastoral is a great store! Near me, in Oak Park, we also have an amazing cheese market called Marion St Cheese Market. Those kind of stores can make converts out of cheese haters.

  10. You know, I’ve wondered about the mold allergy connection, too. I definitely seem to be more sensitive to the moldy cheeses and can only take them in small portions. But then again, they also seem to be the stronger tasting (and smelling) varieties, so I guess a little goes a long way.

    Congrats on broadening your horizons and coming so far with cheese!

  11. My love affair with cheese is lifelong. I used to belong to a cheese club — years ago. Now you’re making me wish I still did. I may have to do some research.

  12. Joy, when we go to France we have soft rolls with cheese and ham for breakfast – would never do that at home but it seems so right in France. Cheers

  13. My Nana never liked cheese and I found that incredible. We have always had new cheeses to try and I love it.
    This book has been on my to read list for a bit. Looking forward to it.

  14. I have always loved cheese, but would like to learn how to prepare a Parisian cheese tray for my own wine and cheese pairings. This book sounds like the perfect resource.

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  16. Such an intriguing post. I’ve never had any problem with cheese, and my son is even more in love with cheese- when he was younger he wanted to be a dairytarian and only eat cheese and yoghurt. I’m so glad that you’ve come around to the world of cheese, there is so much to discover. I used to belong to a monthly cheese club too for a few years- I miss it actually. We ate so much amazing cheese on our recent French holiday, The Whole Fromage will have to make it onto my TBR.

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  18. What a delightful post – I loved reading about your journey with cheese. I personally love blue cheese, but I can completely get that it might be one hurdle you just can’t overcome (I think many people feel this way about goats cheese) – and very interesting to ponder the possible link between that an your mold allergy.

    I love the way that in France a bottle of wine, a chunk of cheese, a baguette and a bit of fruit makes for a very delicious and inexpensive meal – where I live you’d be looking at an outlay of about $50 for such a feast (especially if it was French cheese), so definitely not a frugal repast.

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