Food & Wine ~ Sarah Stierch

Sarah Stierch Sarah Stierch is the Food + Drink Editor of the Sun (with occasional visits to other areas of the paper). Stierch has eaten, drunk, and written her way through 13 countries and the hottest food trends and communities in the USA. She's also a racing and travel geek, venturing beyond food/booze to cover subjects that connect to Sonoma Valley, such as IndyCar racing and other wine making regions. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Independent, Salon, Gawker, Smithsonian and on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Delicious reads: Cheddar

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Sarah Stierch

Cheddar

Cheddar cheese is synonymous with American cuisine, whether it’s a gooey cheeseburger from a fast food joint or a slice of Kraft on a grilled cheese sandwich served that your mom served with tomato soup used on cold winter nights.

Cheesemonger Gordon Edgar takes readers on “a journey to the heart of America’s most iconic cheese.”

Edgar, longtime cheese buyer for San Francisco’s famed Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, became obsessed with the iconic cheese, interviewing cheese specialists and food historians, including spending plenty of time in Wisconsin, where more cheddar is produced in the country than anywhere else.

It’s chock full of fun facts – while cheddar was born in the English town of, wait for it….Cheddar, there was a time in the 19th-century when America was the lead exporter of cheddar to England. Edgar explores how cheddar became America’s signature cheese, and how American politics, business and factories all tied into the future of the cheese.

Edgar’s writing style is quirky, written in a more casual, journalistic style manner that makes you feel like you’re having a beer with the author, as he tells you his epic road trip about the history of cheddar.

He can come off rather pretentious – he’s a co-op loving anti-hipster old punk rocker that “knew about that cheese before it was famous” type of guy – his enthusiasm for the yellow cheese is evident, and you’ll catch on quickly.

Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese by Gordon Edgar, 2015, 224 pages, Chelsea Green Publishing; $25; ISBN 9781603585651.



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