Canadian Cheese: A Guide
Canadian Cheese: A Guide
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Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: Second Edition, Updated and Expanded
Author Statement: by Kathy Guidi
Audience: Trade
Specs: 30 full-color photographs, appendices, index
Pages: 240
Trim Size: 5" X 8 1/2" X 1/2"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20140911
Copyright Year: 2014
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Canadian Cheese: A Guide

The variety and quality of Canadian cheeses has never been so high nor has it been so popular. New handcrafted cheeses continue to emerge to critical acclaim, winning international awards. At the 2013 Global Cheese Awards in England, an aged Lankaaster by Glengarry Cheesemaking in the small town of Lancaster, Ontario was declared "Supreme Global Champion." As Huffington Post put it, "Canada, it's time to celebrate cheese in a big way."

This completely revised and updated edition of a cheese-lover's classic does just that. Canadian Cheese: A Guide is a comprehensive reference to some of the newest, best and most popular of them.

New and updated sections, content and photographs include:

  • concise tasting notes for 225 artisan cheeses from coast to coast
  • what's on your cheese board - Canadian cheese professionals share their favorites
  • wine and beer pairing suggestions
  • tasting notes for Old World cheeses that have influenced New World Canadian styles
  • cheese ladder of appreciation suggestions: if you like this cheese... try this one
  • how to taste cheese like a pro
  • author and cheesemaker anecdotes
  • useful information on buying and serving cheese.

The author shares her insights on such popular cheese topics as raw milk cheese, discerning quality, whether to eat the rind (or not), cheesemaking and ingredients.

Canadian Cheese: A Guide promises to add excitement to readers' appetites for cheese. It helps make sense of the many cheeses available at grocery stores, cheese boutiques and fromageries, and helps to break the pattern of buying the same, familiar cheese.


Professionally renowned for her work in furthering artisan and specialty cheese in the US and Canada, Kathy Guidi founded the first full curriculum cheese appreciation school in North America and is a founding member of the ACS Cheese Professional Certification Program. Consultant to numerous cheese producers, trade organizations and consulates during a 40-year career, Kathy continues to influence and lead the domestic and international cheese world through her in-depth training sessions and interactive cheese tasting series Conversations In Cheese.


New in This Edition

In the first edition of this book I told you about my journey in cheese and provided a snapshot of the burgeoning cheesemaking craft in Canada. In this edition, four years later, I am honoured to expand on the cheesemakers' journey in Canadian artisan cheese, sharing more about the pioneers who create new cheeses, their inspiration and their roots, as well as passing along some new nuggets of cheese knowledge to further your appreciation of fine cheese.

There is a lot of new information in this edition. Tasting notes for 38 new cheeses have been added, and many of the cheese notes from the previous edition have been expanded. Canadian goat cheese now has its own chapter to highlight the variety in this cheese family. As well, there is a full and expanded chapter on Canadian washed rind cheese to spotlight the incredible variety and quality in what I believe will be our point of excellence in the world of cheese over time, much as Cheddar has established our legacy to date. Some of the cheeses in this edition are available only in their home provinces, but I chose to include them in an effort to support the many new artisans who make cheese their livelihood.

In this book there is a sub-theme that links New World Canadian cheese to Old World "heirloom" cheese--varieties that have been around for hundreds (if not thousands!) of years. This historical perspective fascinates me, and I believe it helps us to better appreciate our artisan cheeses and industry. The great European cheeses have influenced many of our cheesemakers in what they make. To know the history and attributes of these "model" cheeses is to understand our own. Discussed in this book are 31 traditional European cheeses presented on their own, in addition to many others offered along with the Canadian cheese that bears their name.

Pairing suggestions for beer and Canadian cheese have been added by cheese family, because enjoying these two fermented products together is becoming as popular as wine with cheese. The basic concept is to find balance between the beer and the cheese by seeking characteristics in each that complement or contrast each other, recognizing that mild cheese goes better with lighter beer while stronger-tasting cheese harmonizes with bigger-flavoured beers.

Are you curious as to what cheeses Canadian cheesemongers, cheese writers and cheese educators enjoy in their personal time? Find out in What's on Your Cheeseboard? Eleven picks of three cheeses each are slotted throughout this book. Use them as a guide for putting together your own cheeseboard as you seek new varieties to try, or simply walk in some celebrity "cheese shoes" for a night. Of course, all of the cheese picks are presented in this book.

Using the tried and true "ladder of cheese appreciation" is the best way to get to know and enjoy more cheese. In this edition, the ladder suggestions--If You Like This . . . Try This!--have been expanded within each family, starting with a European heirloom cheese as the first rung in the ladder. My advice to students is to try one new cheese a week, and ideally to cross-reference it with other cheeses tasted from that ladder group by keeping a cheese journal. There are many ways to build your own ladders; mine are simply suggestions to get you started.

To love cheese you should know something about it, and that is an ongoing learning process. Therefore, several new Cheese FAQs have been added with answers to questions I get at cheese tastings, such as why some cheese is seasonal, what calcium chloride is, what is "artisan" in cheese, Canadian cheese in competitions, and nutrition labelling on artisan cheese. Plus you'll find clearer nomenclature for raw, unpasteurized and pasteurized cheese used in the tasting discussions. Thankfully, the industry is coming together on this confusing but important issue.

Sometimes you need information fast, so this edition has an index of cheeses and topics that makes using the book easier. And websites for Canadian cheesemakers featured in the book have been added (see Appendix D) so you can get more information about your favourite makers or cheeses and follow their progress.

I hope you find this edition interesting and helpful and that it helps to provide respite from a crazy world through cheese appreciation and enjoyment--something we could do well to learn from the Europeans. Remember: slow down when eating cheese so you can savour each and every bite. Try to visualize the dairy animal grazing in the pasture, the cheesemaker gently scooping curds into the moulds, and the affineur turning and/or washing the cheese, waiting for it to glorify this ancient craft that expresses the best of the land and animals through a simple liquid--milk. That's truly appreciating cheese.

We all share cheese. It is a cultural icon in food that brings out our common bond as humans in the most primal and enjoyable manner. Why else would we "say cheese" when being asked to smile for a photograph?

Wishing you a lifetime of outstanding cheese experiences! -- Kathy



Dedication, Acknowledgments and Thanks
Introduction: New in This Edition
How to Use This Book
The Raw Milk Question
How to Eat Cheese (Like a Pro)

Chapter 1: Fresh Unripened Cheese

    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Fresh Unripened Family
    Handling and Storing
    Fresh Unripened Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Tasting Notes
Chapter 2: Soft Ripened Cheese
    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Soft Ripened Family
    Handling and Storing
    Soft Ripened Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Tasting Notes
Chapter 3: Semi-soft / Semi-firm Cheese
    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Semi-soft / Semi-firm Family
    Handling and Storing
    Semi-soft / Semi-firm Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Tasting Notes
Chapter 4: Washed Rind Cheese
    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Washed Rind Family
    Handling and Storing
    Washed Rind Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Tasting Notes
Chapter 5: Firm Cheese
    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Firm Family
    Handling and Storing
    Firm Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Cheddar 101
    Tasting Notes: Cheddar
    Gouda 101
    Tasting Notes: Gouda
    Provolone 101
    Tasting Notes: Provolone
    Swiss 101
    Tasting Notes: Specialty Firm Cheese
Chapter 6: Hard Cheese
    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Hard Family
    Handling and Storing
    Hard Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Tasting Notes
Chapter 7: Blue Cheese
    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Blue Family
    Handling and Storing
    Blue Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Tasting Notes
Chapter 8: Goat Cheese
    All You Need to Know
    Heirloom Cheese: The Goat Family
    Handling and Storing
    Goat Cheese with Canadian Wine and Beer
    Ladder of Cheese Appreciation
    Tasting Notes

Appendix A What to Eat with Cheese
Appendix B The Significance of Moisture Level
Appendix C Canadian Cheese by Family and Milk Type
Appendix D Canadian Cheese by Province and Producer

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