First the acting, then the singing, next a cookbook and now a blog post about cheese. I’m exhausted GP. You don’t have to do everything. Let me do the cheese- seriously. I mean, really…what else do I have? A small film called Salami Heaven, songs at pre-school where I keep my voice low enough to blend in with the hum of the fan and a kick-ass recipe for fudge. But no cook book.
All I had was the cheese. And now you had to go there. And I had to go there to get the link to your post. It’s just unjust. But, it is kind of a good post. I grudgingly admit.
And I do love, love, love (love) La Fromagerie in London, and their cheese room and their soft-boiled egg for breakfast with the imported Italian coffee. And nothing bad to say about Murray’s cheese in New York either.
Just one thing, I resent the “cheese is kind of unhealthy” disclaimer off the top. At its best, made with care and with pristine milk I would consider it pretty darn healthy. And btw, so does Patricia Michelson, owner of La Fromagerie. A quote from her first book, The Cheese Room (personally autographed–(ha GP!)– to my husband… but details..),
“Who would have thought a book on cheese would contain a beauty tip? Not such a daft idea as we should all know about the health enhancing qualities of cheese–good for teeth and bones as well as the blessed dietary attributes of Parmigiano Reggiano for young children, women in pregnancy, the elderly and sporty types.”
She’s talking about the fact that Italian scientists have studied the benefits of Parmigiano-Reggiano for many years. It is easy to digest for children (and people with gastrointestinal problems) as the long ageing process slowly breaks down the milk proteins. It has high levels of calcium and phosphorus making it very good for people suffering from osteoporosis. Plus for athlete’s it can provide the protein they might get from meat, but is lower in cholesterol and generally one of the lower-fat cheeses.
BTW, Patricia’s books are wonderful and fun to read, not only if you love cheese but if you enjoy food. And if you’re in London, you must absolutely head to her store. Even more important than a visit to Top Shop, afterall, you can dress in cheese, but you can’t eat clothes.