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Book Review: Cheese, Beer, Wine, Cider

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A extra easy guide title you received’t simply discover: Cheese, Beer, Wine, Cider is as no-nonsense because it will get, and certainly, so is the guide. When you’ve obtained questions on pairing cheese with alcohol, writers Steve Jones and Adam Lindsley intention to reply them, providing 75 “excellent pairings,” roughly a 3rd of the guide devoted to every consuming class.

To make certain, with 75 kinds of cheese coated, there’s an excellent probability the duo can serve up a pairing for it so long as it’s not Velveeta. Their objective: To open your eyes to the chances of recent taste experiences that emerge if you take two disparate foodstuffs and put them collectively. Recent chevre and wheat beer? Schlossberger and pinot noir? Definitely, good sir.

Whereas the guide’s authors appear to know their stuff backwards and forwards, I’ve to say that I discovered the guide much less helpful than I’d hoped. For starters, the pairings are largely hyperspecific. Whilst you can summary a few of the pairing choices, it’s tough to take a look at a pairing of, say, Twig Farm Fuzzy Wheel and Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine and have any actual sense of what to do with it. I haven’t ever heard of the Vermont-made cheese, and whereas I can get my fingers on a barleywine with ease, I’m unsure Mad River’s expression is accessible close to me. The identical goes for most of the cheese choices, which are sometimes (however not all the time) ultra-local picks that many readers won’t ever see. The guide presents just a few much less particular options for every choice, however these aren’t straightforward to skim by, which can depart most readers doing a hunt and peck job, randomly flipping by pages till they see one thing they know — or at the least can pronounce.

I’m additionally not in love with the group of the guide. Every pairing is 2 pages lengthy, however a few of the pairings begin on a right-hand web page and a few begin on a left, due to the occasional photograph that’s been inserted into the combo. This makes flipping by the guide much more tough as a result of it’s important to transfer backwards and forwards randomly as you skim. It’s just a little factor, however in a guide like this which is offered as a self-described “discipline information,” it’s essential.

As a broader introduction into how to consider pairing cheese and drinks — and the way finest to serve cheese — the guide is actually price its $12 asking value. Readers who want extra hand-holding and sensible pairing recommendation, nonetheless, could also be upset.


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