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Reinventing the wheel : milk, microbes, and the fight for real cheese / Bronwen Percival, Francis Percival.


"Reinventing the Wheel is equal parts popular science, history, and muckraking. Over the past hundred and fifty years, dairy farming and cheesemaking have been transformed, and this book explores what has been lost along the way. Today, using cutting-edge technologies like high-throughput DNA sequencing, scientists are beginning to understand the techniques of our great-grandparents. The authors describe how geneticists are helping conservationists rescue rare dairy cow breeds on the brink of extinction, microbiologists are teaching cheesemakers to nurture the naturally occurring microbes in their raw milk rather than destroying them, and communities of cheesemakers are producing "real" cheeses that reunite farming and flavor, rewarding diversity and sustainability at every level."--Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780520290150
  • ISBN: 0520290151
  • ISBN: 9780520322776
  • Physical Description: xiii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2019

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue : the lost world -- Ecologies -- Real cheese -- The third rail -- Breed -- Feed -- Microbes -- Risk -- Cultures -- Families and factories -- Expertise -- Markets -- Reinventing the wheel.
Subject: Cheesemaking.
Cheesemaking > Technological innovations.
Dairy farming > Technological innovations.
Cheese > Microbiology.
Raw milk > Microbiology.
Cheese industry.

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