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The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America

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by Heather Paxson
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The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America by Heather Paxson

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.

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Pages: 332
Size: 2.2 MB
Publisher: University of California Press
Date published:   2012
ISBN: 2370004619255 (DRM-EPUB)

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