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Episode 5 – Books & cheese

Milk the Cow

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Milk the Cow has long been a favourite cheese destination of mine and the many varied and creative pairings were an early inspiration for this very podcast!

Cheesemonger Laura took me through a tasting with some weird and wonderful cheeses, discussed how cheese is similar to books in the ways they both tell a story, shared some tips on how to think about pairing drinks with cheese and, if you stick around to the end, you will hear some of Laura’s favourite and deliciously cheesy puns! 

The cheese and the books: 

Wyfe of Bath, England – succulent, nutty, creamy, taste of old England

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is absolutely bonkers, witty and weird in that delightful English way. Set in an alternate Great Britain circa 1985 where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. 

 This book is ridiculously nutty, funky, fun and absorbing, smooth and creamy. 

Gjestost, Norway – Unusual, heated and reduced until it caramelizes. Extremely durable, sour but sweet, smooth and fudge-like.

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey is made up of 10 fable-like tales told by the souls of animals killed in human conflicts in the past century or so. 

Each of these souls narrates their story and are playful and witty, beautifully written and poignant. This book has a depth and a sweetness, it is unusual and its fable-like style lends to the creamy, fudgy  texture which just sticks with you and is a truly lovely read.

Jacquin Tradition du Berry, France –  smooth, dense, mild, lemony, clean and bright.

Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, it is the story of the heart’s journey – and the story of all the lives it will impact – in the hours between the accident that cuts short his life and the moment when his heart will begin to beat again in the body of someone else.

The language is gorgeously smooth, rolling and warm whilst also clean and precise as this book examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death. It is a fine balance of emotion and pragmatism, definitely dense and altogether a book which can wash clean what is otherwise a turbulent story. 

The cheesiest book I know and love is Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This is a fun romantic comedy about a quirky woman named Annabelle, who has inherited her grandmother’s matchmaking business and is desperate to land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client. Cue in a couple of misunderstandings, some great chemistry they are both blind to, helpful(ish) friends and a lot of humour! This is a laugh out loud, lighthearted cheesy read which I highly recommend!  

Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie

157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda and 323 Lygon Street, Carlton

Victoria, Australia

12pm – late, 7 days

03 9537 2225

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Into/Outro music is Mosquito Mojito by Rachel K. Collier. Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Licence.