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Becoming a cheese connoisseur, Project Onward's new art, and the Comfort Music series

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Mouzam Makkar, actor and writer is considering a new career as a cheesemonger thanks to:

Mastering Cheese I love cheese. I'm of the opinion that you can add cheese to anything and it would only make it better. Well, maybe not to sushi but never say never! I realized, however, that I didn't know anything about this ancient food so I picked up a copy of Mastering Cheese: Lessons for Connoisseurship From a Maître Fromager by Max McCalman. The author is a true connoisseur, and everything you would possibly want to know about cheese is covered in this book.

The way he describes the history of cheese, explains the science behind it, and details the nuances of the flavors and aromas in the different varieties all serve to instill a true appreciation of cheese in the reader. One of the best things the book has done is to encourage me to try a different cheese each week. My favorite so far: Midnight Moon, an aged goat's milk cheese by Cypress Grove Chevre. Top a slice of Midnight Moon with fig preserves (you don't need a cracker) and it will make your day!

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