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Open Letter to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

February 22nd, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.
8418 Excelsior Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53717
cc: Governor Walker, Senator Fitzgerald, House Speaker Fitzgerald
James Robson, President
Stan Woodworth, Vice President
The current Wisconsin budget crisis has caught the attention of many people outside of Wisconsin. The proposed budget, as it stands right now, seems to many of us as an unprecedented and undeserved [...]

Return of the Mac

February 16th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

How could judging the SF Food Wars Mac and Cheese contest not be awesome? I did a lot of great events with my book, but I think this judging gig may have been the most fun. 16 macaroni and cheeses to taste? And the one vegan entry dropped out? What’s not [...]

“Persian” “Fetta” from “Australia”

February 15th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

So, how long do you think it took for a Persian-American customer to (rightfully) be all, “WTF with this “Persian” “Fetta” from Australia?”

I have no idea why they call it “Persian”. I mean, as opposed to our other Australian marinated feta, this one is made with cow milk which seems less Persian [...]

My Year of Self-Promotion (Part 3)

February 4th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

So, I miscounted. I actually did 34 events. Sheesh, just reading this list makes me tired.
20. 6/8 Alexander Books, SF I will fully admit that I don’t get downtown much. Alexander Books does lunchtime reading downtown and I never knew it until they asked me to read. A great, [...]

My Year of Self-Promotion (Part 2)

February 2nd, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

9. 4/3 Omnivore, SF This is the food book hub of SF so I was honored to read here. It’s a crowded space for a reading so I probably shouldn’t encourage you to go see Kurt Timmermeister there on March 7, but I’ll be there (in the audience listening, not reading). [...]

My Year of Self-Promotion (Part 1)

February 1st, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

One of the biggest problems last year was not having enough time. I was working full time and promoting the book (plus being in a serious relationship and getting a puppy) and I just had no time to write. This year will be different. While I will do an occasional [...]

Sonoma Harvest Fair

January 25th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

In the craziness of last year, I just realized that I never wrote about judging for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Despite the fact that Sonoma County is a dairy hub, thanks to Sheana Davis this was the first year in a long time that they included a cheese category in their yearly, local [...]


January 24th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

“I would like to file a complaint. I’m being discriminated against.”
As an urban grocery store worker — unless you work in one of those neighborhoods so fancy they might as well have gates — you develop a tough skin. Now, I’ve written about retail workers as the new social service agents [...]

2010 Wrap Up Part 5: Questions for 2011 and beyond

January 6th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

Because the cheese era is changing (see last entry), we are at a crossroads. The 70s and 80s cheese folks – as a whole – have a great deal of credibility and honesty associated with their work and that has reflected well on all of us working in the business today. [...]

2010 Wrap Up, Part 4: One era ending, nothing beginning.

January 5th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

2010 saw the death of two important cheese people who I knew: Jim Boyce, who reenergized Marin French Cheese, the oldest continually operating cheese plant in the country and Kathy Obringer who was making great cheese at Ancient Heritage Dairy in Oregon. Though both these folks died before their time, it’s a sad fact [...]