In a Cheesemaker's Kitchen

By Allison Hooper
(Countryman Press, Paperback, 9780615262055, 111pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

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Culinary luminaries like renowned chefs Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, Michel Richard of Citronelle, and Molly Hanson of Grill 23; chef, writer, and educator Dan Barber of Blue Hill; chef-entrepreneurs Alison Lane and Andrew Silva of Mirabelles; knight of the French Order of the Merite Agricole, chef Raymond Ost of Sandrine's; and food writer and former CEO of Clicquot, Inc., Mireille Guiliano, share their heartfelt philosophies about food. Their tantalizing recipes will expand any home cook's culinary repertoire. Twenty-five years ago Allison Hooper and Bob Reese began crafting artisanal dairy products in the European style. They developed a vital link with local farms that continues to this day: Vermont Butter & Cheese Company supports a network of more than 20 family farms that provide milk that meets the highest standards of purity. As Allison learned on a family farm in France, quality originates at the source with the people who work the land and the pride they take in its yield. In a Cheesemaker's Kitchen celebrates their perhaps improbable success. It is the story of pioneers in the fledgling American artisan cheese industry and how they bootstrapped a small, socially responsible business.



About the Author
Jeff Roberts lives in Montpelier, Vermont, and works in the areas of agriculture and food policy, conservation, and the environment. During his career, Jeff was a meteorologist, historian, and museum curator. At the University of Pennsylvania, he was director of development at the Morris Arboretum and from 1987-1994, Associate Dean for Development and Planning at the School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1995, he became the Vice President for External Affairs at the Vermont Land Trust.

As a co-founder and principal consultant to the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont, he is responsible for development of international initiatives, public education programs, and marketing. For the US National Park Service, he is researching, photographing, and writing Stewardship Begins with People, a prototype compendium of national parks and their unique products.

Jeff is active in Slow Food USA as a director and treasurer of the national board and a Northeast Regional Governor. He co-chaired "Artisan Cheeses of America" at Cheese 2001 and 2003 and the US presence at Salone del Gusto 2002 and 2004. He is one of organizers of Slow Food USA's American Raw Milk Cheese Presidium. Jeff is a frequent speaker on artisan cheese, sustainable agriculture, and the working landscape. He serves as a director of the Vermont Arts Council and previously was on the Vermont Fresh Network board.

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