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Following the ermous success of her first book, The Cheese Room, Patricia Michelson w unlocks the door of her award-winning Marylebone Village store, La Fromagerie, to share her kwledge and explore the world of artisan cheese. She derives ongoing inspiration and fantastic produce from the many small independent cheese producers around the globe who supply her. For Patricia, these producers are unsung heroes - a source of great delight and a fount of kwledge. The book charts her cheese journey, explaining how one food source has inspired and supported a shop, a cafe and an international network of small producers, from the Savoie in France, home to raclette comtoise, via the British Devon countryside and Colston Bassett Stilton to the Lombardy hills of Italy and its celebrated taleggio valsassia. By taking the reader on a journey, both geographical and inspirational, Patricia shares her own sense of discovery in her fascinating stories about the wonderful artisan cheeses from around the world. Patricia's traveller's tales are followed by explanations of the personalities of her many favourite cheeses as well as over a hundred accompanying recipes. Patricia's enthusiasm for cheese and incredible kwledge are universally admired and hugely infectious - qualities that create a book of distinction and quality.
Patricia Michelson started her London-based cheese rooms, epicurean store and cafe, La Fromagerie, in 1991 from her garden shed with just one cheese. This led to a hugely enjoyable journey in which she has explored and learnt about the tastes and styles of hundreds of cheeses worldwide. Along the way she has gained extensive knowledge on wine and many other foods associated with the regions and countries where she sources her cheeses. All her cheeses are from small independent producers, whom she nurtures assiduously. Patricia supplies many top restaurants and other shops with artisan farmhouse cheeses, and her advice is often sought for information on cheese, wine and spirit pairings by prestigious food and wine publications and companies. Patricia's knowledge of maturing and ability to explain, in an engaging way, the significance of seasonality and how nature works with cheese always encourages a desire to learn more. She holds extremely informative and entertaining tutored cheese and wine tastings, taking in seasonality and regions. Among her many supporters and customers are Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Nigel Slater, as well as Marcus Wareing, and Ruth Rogers of River Cafe. La Fromagerie was voted Best Specialist Food Shop 2005 by Observer Food Monthly magazine, and the shop and cafe was winner of the 'Best Deli Award' in the Independent Food and Drink Awards 2009.