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Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-Scale and Market Producers

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-Scale and Market Producers [Kindle Edition]

Gianaclis Caldwell , Ricki Carroll
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Guaranteed to make your mouth water" - --Country Smallholding

"A great resource for the hobby home cheese maker through to the serious artisan with a business in mind. Well worth the money for the huge amount of information and inspriation it contains." --Practical Sheep, Goats and Alpaca

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The key to becoming a successful artisan cheesemaker is to develop the intuition essential for problem solving and developing unique styles of cheeses. There are an increasing number of books on the market about making cheese, but none approaches the intricacies of cheesemaking science alongside considerations for preparing each type of cheese variety in as much detail as Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking.

Indeed, this book fills a big hole in the market. Beginner guides leave you wanting more content and explanation of process, while recipe-based cookbooks often fail to dig deeper into the science, and therefore don’t allow for a truly intuitive cheesemaker to develop. Acclaimed cheesemaker Gianaclis Caldwell has written the book she wishes existed when she was starting out. Every serious home-scale artisan cheesemaker—even those just beginning to experiment—will want this book as their bible to take them from their first quick mozzarella to a French mimolette, and ultimately to designing their own unique cheeses.

This comprehensive and user-friendly guide thoroughly explains the art and science that allow milk to be transformed into epicurean masterpieces. Caldwell offers a deep look at the history, science, culture, and art of making artisan cheese on a small scale, and includes detailed information on equipment and setting up a home-scale operation. A large part of the book includes extensive process-based recipes dictating not only the hard numbers, but also the concepts behind each style of cheese and everything you want to know about affinage (aging) and using oils, brushes, waxes, infusions, and other creative aging and flavoring techniques. Also included are beautiful photographs, profiles of other cheesemakers, and in-depth appendices for quick reference in the preparation and aging room. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking will also prove an invaluable resource for those with, or thinking of starting, a small-scale creamery.

Let Gianaclis Caldwell be your mentor, guide, and cheering section as you follow the pathway to a mastery of cheesemaking. For the avid home hobbyist to the serious commercial artisan, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is an irreplaceable resource.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12461 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1 edition (25 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual 2 Mar 2013
By Salilah
Excellent book (I ws bought the US version for Christmas from a local bookshop). Very detailed in what to do and how - lots of cheese recipes. What I like most is that it is also fairly technical, with a lot of explanations of why rather than just how. I used it as a complete beginner, however it has enough (I believe) to provide learning for those with experience as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 10 July 2013
By Mart
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I have read this book cover to cover. When it get to the science bit of cheese making it can feel a bit over baring but when you come to the recipes it all makes seance. The background information she has provided is essential!! Great book and good luck!! Happy cheesing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to cheese book collection 8 Jan 2014
As a home cheese maker most have Ricki Carroll's book. This is a great addition to that, more on the background of cheeses than specific recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book in English 3 Jun 2014
By Joe
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A truly excellent book for an aspiring professional, or anyone who wants not just recipes but some science too. Much more detailed that any other mass market book in English. The author is also amusing, engaging and informative, and the recipes work.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best All Around Cheese Book... 27 Sep 2012
By lachevriere - Published on
Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-Scale and Market Producers

I am a cheesemaker, farmer, artist, and lover of all things natural and beautiful. I've amassed a plethora of cheese and vintage recipe books... I wouldn't want to give up a one!! HOWEVER, if you could afford just one book on cheese... Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is 'Best All Around'. Gianaclis Caldwell gives credit to those who have gone before her, and they in turn have given her the credence she deserves for this accomplishment!

My very anticipated copy arrived three days ago, and I already need another one! This book is beautiful inside and out, and is chock-full of color photos! I must have one coffee table version; but I find the book to be such a comprehensive and easy to read guide that I'll need a copy in the cheese kitchen that can become well-worn with constant use!

One last, but very important thing... its really hard to keep a cheesemaker interested in a book from cover to cover. I can't even describe in words on how many levels I am enjoying this book.

Congratulations Gianaclis, and I can't wait to see what you do next!

Rona Myers Sullivan
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the book I've been looking for ! 7 Jan 2013
By Rose B. - Published on
I am a newly licensed cheesemaker from Wisconsin and offer home cheesemaking classes in my home. Even after taking all those classes and passing the state exams, I still wanted more specific information about artisan cheeses, when to use certain cultures, trouble shooting when things don't go according to plan, and the options for aging and preserving cheese (affinage). This book fills all the gaps for me. The variety of cheeses featured, the recipes for both small (1-4 gallons) and large (12 gallon) batches is perfect for my home cheese makers and my 15 gallon pasteurizer vat. The book has great culture choice charts and a fun feature called "thinking outside the vat" which is a problem solving Q&A page. This feature will test your understanding of the process. If you are just starting out, Ricki Carroll's "Home Cheese Making" is easy and supplies are readily available from her New England Cheese Supply Company, but when you are ready to really understand the 'Magic' by which milk is transformed into so many different cheeses-- this is a MUST-HAVE-BOOK. Gianaclis has done a remarkable job putting all this information into a reader friendly format- it is like taking a cheesemaker's short course without leaving home. (Without the travel and expense). Do I sound excited? This book sits at the top of my cheese book library !! Rose B.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible resource and a must for any aspiring or master cheese-maker! 13 Sep 2012
By Rashel - Published on
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This book just came in the mail yesterday... it's so good I stayed up until 1 am reading it! I usually go to bed at 9:00 p.m. I wish it was written 3 years ago when I started home cheese making! It answers all my questions on cheese making... all the why's... most books just tell you how... not the why.

My ultimate and favorite health resource/ cookbook is "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. This book is the Nourishing Traditions of the cheese world. INCREDIBLE BOOK. I feel so luck to have found it.


Ms. Gianaclis Caldwell, Thank you thank you thank you for writing it! I love your writing style. It's like you're in the kitchen with me explaining all the details on how to make good cheese. You're reading my mind and questions answering all of them. Thank you for NOT making a confusing or pretentious book. As a new farmstead home cheese-maker, the last two points are very important!

This is what I was missing in the tons of cheese books I've amsted trying to figure out home artisan cheese making! I will be forever grateful to you.

Thanks again,

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This book is the best! 4 Oct 2012
By Anut - Published on
Gianaclis Caldwell's book has got to be the most down to earth, useful collection of knowledge I have yet read. Everyone should have this book! So many things I had learned the hard way or have yet to learn... addressed so simply in this book! The organizational approach she's used really hangs it all together in a way that leads to understanding what you're doing, far better than the more conventional cheese book. I've tried to view this book with a critical eye and I just can't find anything to complain about, except where was this book when I was first learning?! Her way of speaking is clear and easy to understand. Only on rare occasions did I find myself having to reread a verse--no fault to her! This book sets a new standard by which other books will be compared! It is the most intensive, helpful book I have read.

Did I mention how much I love this book?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking by Gianaclis Caldwell 8 Oct 2012
By bbracken677 - Published on
By far most of the cheesemaking books I have ordered I have awaited delivery with much anticipation, only to be disappointed. They are either technical and dry, or lacking in the information I need to improve my craft. That was not the case with "Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking" by Gianaclis Caldwell....this is my "goto" book with regards to cheesemaking. I make cheese as a hobby, and am always looking for a way to improve my knowledge and skills. I am not a farmstead cheesemaker, but rather more of an "urban cheesemaker". I can imagine that this book would be beneficial to the amateur cheesemaker of any walk in life and probably to one who is just starting in the profession as well.
This book is chock full of the information you are looking for. Easy to read and yet extremely informative, it will not disappoint!
I love Gianaclis's writing's like I wrote it for myself.

Thanks Giana!

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