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2010 Wrap Up Part 3: Recalls

January 4th, 2011 by Gordon Edgar

Food borne pathogens in cheese have always been a worry, especially for raw milk cheesemakers and consumers. Cheese is safer than most foods — in general — however, 2010 was a banner year for recalls.
2009 actually had some of the biggest food problems in recent memory, mostly with produce and meat contaminated [...]

2010 Wrap Up Part 2 - Oregon Cheese

December 29th, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

The emergence of Oregon cheese For years – at least to those of us outside the state — Oregon cheese was synonymous with Tillamook Cheddar. In terms of cheese states, the big three people tend to think of are California, Wisconsin, and Vermont. I would say that this year [...]

2010 wrap up: 1. The continued emergence of American-made cheese

December 27th, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

There are five more days in 2010 and I will be giving you five end-of-the-year posts. Starting today I will be posting the five trends I’m seeing in the cheese world right now. Just my opinion and all that, but I feel pretty strongly that these are the big issues right now.
The continued emergence of [...]

Thanksgiving cheese

November 29th, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

Hey there. I went into my typical pattern of internet silence around the big food holiday. Too much to do in the week before Thanksgiving, as all U.S.-grocery store workers know. You have to wonder about anyone who works in retail food who has time to blog in the days [...]

Patricia Unterman Likes My Book

November 22nd, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

I almost didn’t want to link this because it gives me way too much credit at the expense of my cheese co-workers.* But any praise from a well-known food writer that says, “Rainbow Grocery, the worker-owned, natural foods supermarket, currently has the best cheese department in San Francisco, taking into consideration [...]

Food Holidays

November 18th, 2010 by Gordon Edgar


an awesome

time of year

to work



Gordon Edgar is the author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge.

At the Oakland Museum with Lonely Planet

November 15th, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

So, a few weeks ago, I got interviewed by Lonely Planet. After the interview, Rana, a worker-coop veteran and ex-Rainbow Grocery worker, called me up with an unexpected request. Basically, they had a table at one of the Pixar events at the Oakland Museum . Since it was “Ratatouille”, [...]

The FDA and small farmers

October 25th, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

Something really needs to change at the FDA. The current situation is simply unfair to family farmers. Whether it’s the well-documented case of the Vermont Mad Sheep from a few years ago, the 50,000+ lbs of cheese that the FDA now wants destroyed at Morningland Dairy in Missouri, or the breaking news of [...]

Cheesemonger in Los Angeles

October 22nd, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

For the longest time, I couldn’t decide whether to drive or fly to Los Angeles for my reading at Skylight Books. Flying is a little quicker, but I’d need a car down there. Flying would be easier on my body, but my ears are still a little messed up from my [...]

One last Cheese-a-Topia post

October 19th, 2010 by Gordon Edgar

Here are a few of my favorite cheese folks with Bay Area roots:

Sheana, Emiliano, Brad, Ocatvio, and me. What an awesome picture!