Life of Cheese Crafting Food and Value in America

ISBN-10: 0520270185

ISBN-13: 9780520270183

Edition: 2013

Authors: Heather Paxson
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Description: This fascinating anthropological study of American artisan cheese and cheesemakers tells the story of how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value within American landscapes of production and consumption. Heather Paxson's innovative and beautifully written study shows how 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. Cheese is alive with meaning, but it is also alive with the activity of organisms large and small. 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. Artisan cheese thus offers a unique object through which to rethink the politics of food, land, and labor today.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
American Artisanal
Ecologies of Production
Economies of Sentiment
Traditions of Invention
The Art and Science of Craft
Microbiopolitics
Place, Taste, and the Promise of Terroir
Bellwether
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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