Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Cheese & Beer" by Janet Fletcher

This classy hardcover book, written by a respected authority on artisanal cheese and gourmet food pairings, is among the first to examine, in-depth, the relationship between fine cheese and fine beer. Illustrated by tons of well-done color photos, "Cheese & Beer" dares to match up gourmet cheeses of every type with a comprehensive and impressive array of craft beer styles. 

At 128 pages, there's plenty of interesting pairings to try. Want to impress your dinner guests with a luscious Hudson Valley Camambert? Try it with a Monk's Cafe Sour Ale, or any Flanders brown or red ale. Or what to pair with a superb stout or porter like a Deschutes Black Butte? How about an Irish Cashel Blue cheese, or, appropriately, a slice of Barely Buzzed -- an artisan cheese from Utah that is rubbed with ground coffee and dried lavendar. There's hundreds more pairings here, with something that's sure to please anyone.

Could this be the authoritative tome on beer and cheese matchings? Odds are, I'd say so. "Cheese And Beer" is available through any major book sellers, and retails for $24.99 in the US and $26.99 in Canada.

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