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The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America

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The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America

Heather Paxson, "The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America"
English | ISBN: 0520270177, 0520270185 | edition 2012 | PDF | 322 pages | 4.1 MB

Cheese is alive, and alive with meaning. Heather Paxson's beautifully written anthropological study of American artisanal cheesemaking tells the story of how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value for producers as well as consumers. Dairy farmers and artisans inhabit a world in which their colleagues and collaborators are a wild cast of characters, including plants, animals, microorganisms, family members, employees, and customers. As "unfinished" commodities, living products whose qualities are not fully settled, handmade cheeses embody a mix of new and old ideas about taste and value. By exploring the life of cheese, Paxson helps rethink the politics of food, land, and labor today.