A Cheesemonger's Compendium of British & Irish Cheese (Hardback)

Ned Palmer

A full-colour, delicious guide to artisanal and farmhouse cheeses from the bestselling author of A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles

A Cheesemonger's Compendium introduces 150 of the finest cheeses from across the British Isles. It is a perfect companion for all of us hooked by Ned Palmer's acclaimed Cheesemonger's History.
Each cheese on Palmer's cheeseboard is accompanied by a morsel of history or a dash of folklore, a description of its flavours, and an enticing illustration. Palmer peppers his book with stories of eccentric and colourful cheesemakers and celebrates both traditional farmhouse and modern artisanal cheeses - fresh, mould-ripened, washed-rind, blue and hard. He explains how to buy your cheese like a monger, how to cut and store it, and how best to match it with drinks. The guide is completed by a brilliantly illustrated gazetteer.

Publication date: 11/11/2021

£14.99

ISBN: 9781788167154

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Illustrated by: Claire Littlejohn

A Cheesemonger's Compendium of British & Irish Cheese (Ebook)

Ned Palmer

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A full-colour, delicious guide to artisanal and farmhouse cheeses from the bestselling author of A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles

A Cheesemonger's Compendium introduces 150 of the finest cheeses from across the British Isles. It is a perfect companion for all of us hooked by Ned Palmer's acclaimed Cheesemonger's History.
Each cheese on Palmer's cheeseboard is accompanied by a morsel of history or a dash of folklore, a description of its flavours, and an enticing illustration. Palmer peppers his book with stories of eccentric and colourful cheesemakers and celebrates both traditional farmhouse and modern artisanal cheeses - fresh, mould-ripened, washed-rind, blue and hard. He explains how to buy your cheese like a monger, how to cut and store it, and how best to match it with drinks. The guide is completed by a brilliantly illustrated gazetteer.

Publication date: 11/11/2021

£12.99

ISBN: 9781782838098

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08HM8K9MH

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference

Illustrated by: Claire Littlejohn

Reviews for A Cheesemonger's Compendium of British & Irish Cheese

'A delightful and informative romp ... a fine Christmas present, along with a wedge of Sparkenhoe Red Leicester''

Bee Wilson Guardian

'His encounters with modern-day practitioners fizz with infectious delight'

John Walsh Sunday Times

'A beautifully textured tour around the cheeseboard'

Simon Garfield 

Ned Palmer

Ned Palmer

Ned Palmer first experienced great cheese at Borough Market, helping to sell Trethowan's Gorwydd Caerphilly (still one of his all-time favourite cheeses). He then learnt his craft at Neal's Yard Dairy, who dispatched him to farms and dairies across Britain and Ireland. It was during one such visit, to Mary Holbrook's farm in Somerset, that he came up with the idea for a Cheesemonger's History, realising that her fresh Sleightlett cheese was just what a Neolithic farmer would make. There followed many more trips – from Hawes Yorkshire Wensleydale to Milleens at the tip of County Cork – as well as long hours in the British Library, immersed in Celtic cheese folklore, monastic account books and unearthing tales of cheese piracy, cheese magic and Queen Victoria's giant birthday Cheddar.

Ned lives in London with his wife, the novelist Imogen Robertson, many, many books about cheese, and a piano. He set up the Cheese Tasting Company in 2014, to spread the gospel.