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Serious Cheese: Bush's Legacy, Making Roquefort Almost Impossible to Buy

Photograph from Wikimedia Commons For the last eight years, Americans have seen their fair share of questionable leadership and head-scratching policy decisions. Leave it to Dubya, however, to save the best for last. The Agence France-Presse is reporting that before leaving office, Bush has enacted legislation that will increase tariffs on France's beloved Roquefort cheese to 300 percent, an amount that would make purchasing it in the U.S. untenable. As the Huffington Post pointed out yesterday, Bush has never been known for his gastronomic tendencies, preferring canned vegetables to fresh, so it isn't too surprising that he would use Roquefort as a pawn in a trade war that began when the E.U. banned growth hormone-treated meat in the late... More

Oui, Nous Parlons Fromage

The past ten years have seen an explosion in the production of American artisanal and farmstead cheese. From Laura Chenel’s chèvre, which in the 1970s was one of the first farmstead cheeses to be produced in the United States, to the recent publication of Jeffrey Roberts's Atlas of American Cheese, a guidebook to the hundreds of farms producing excellent domestic cheeses, a culture of great cheese is truly beginning to thrive here. Like the wine renaissance in California in the 1970s, at the heart of the development of fine cheese in the U.S. is a deep respect for French cheeses and cheesemakers, who have been honing their traditional craft for centuries and have even provided training for many of... More

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