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Format: Hardback, 288 Pages
ISBN: 9781906417338
Publisher: Jacqui Small
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Patricia Michelson unlocks the door of her award-winning Marylebone Village store, La Fromagerie, to share her knowledge and explore the world of artisan cheese. Patricia derives ongoing inspiration and fantastic produce from the many small independent cheese producers around the globe who supply her; the unsung heroes who are a source of great delight and a fount of knowledge. The book charts her cheese journey, explaining how one food source has inspired and supported a shop, a café and an international network of small producers, from the Savoie in France, home to raclette comtoise, via the British Devon countryside and Colston Bassett Stilton to the Lombardy hills of Italy and its celebrated taleggio valsassia.

By taking the reader on a journey, both geographical and inspirational, Patricia shares her own sense of discovery in her fascinating stories about the wonderful artisan cheeses from around the world. Patricia’s traveller’s tales are followed by explanations of the personalities of her many favourite cheeses, as well as over a hundred accompanying recipes. Patricia’s enthusiasm for cheese and her incredible knowledge are universally admired and hugely infectious – qualities that create a book of distinction and quality that cheese lovers will devour with pleasure.

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Patricia Michelson started her London-based cheese rooms, epicurean store and café, La Fromagerie, in 1991 from her garden shed with just one cheese. This led to a hugely enjoyable journey in which she has explored and learnt about the tastes and styles of hundreds of cheeses worldwide. Along the way she has gained extensive knowledge on wine and many other foods associated with the regions and countries where she sources her cheeses. All her cheeses are from small independent producers, whom she nurtures assiduously. Patricia supplies many top restaurants and other shops with artisan farmhouse cheeses, and her advice is often sought for information on cheese, wine and spirit pairings by prestigious food and wine publications and companies. Patricia's knowledge of maturing and ability to explain, in an engaging way, the significance of seasonality and how nature works with cheese always encourages a desire to learn more. She holds extremely informative and entertaining tutored cheese and wine tastings, taking in seasonality and regions. Among her many supporters and customers are Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Nigel Slater, as well as Marcus Wareing, and Ruth Rogers of River Café. La Fromagerie was voted Best Specialist Food Shop 2005 by Observer Food Monthly magazine, and the shop and café was winner of the ‘Best Deli Award' in the Independent Food and Drink Awards 2009.

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Format: Hardback, 288 Pages
ISBN: 9781906417338
Size: 8.268 in x 10.63 in / 210 mm x 270 mm

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