Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge (Chelsea Green Publishing)
Gordon Edgar will discuss life as a cheesemonger in San Francisco's Rainbow Grocery Cooperative and sign copies of his new irreverant and funny book Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge. Plus, there will be a cheese tasting!
Gordon Edgar loves cheese and worker-owned co-ops, and has been combining both of these infatuations as a cheesemonger at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative in San Francisco for more than 15 years. Edgar has been a judge at cheese competitions, a board member for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and, since 2002, has blogged at www.gordonzola.net. Surrounded by his vast and decaying collection of zines and obscure punk 7-inches, he lives in San Francisco with his girlfriend and their imaginary white miniature schnauzer.
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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.