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If you've visited a farmers market lately you have probably come across more than one local cheesemaker selling their wares.From the author's introduction to Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History by Tami Parr.
Beginning as early as the fifteenth century a succession of European explorers sailed up and down the west coast of North America, searching for a variety of things including the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route connecting Europe and Asia.From Chapter 1, "Furs, Cattle, and Empire: English Cheese in the Pacific Northwest."
Tami Parr dug deep in the history of the Pacific Northwest to research her engaging history of regional cheesemaking, from pioneers making fresh cheese while en route on the Oregon Trail, to the renaissance of small-scale cheesemaking in the 60s and 70s, to today's artisanal cheesemaking scene.
As the author of Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest and the creator of the Pacific Northwest cheese project, Parr knows of what she writes and she writes it well. She incorporates the stories of local cheesemakers and industry innovations that bring to life evolution of the cheese business in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
This is a fun and informative history that will please Pacific Northwesterners and foodies farther afield.