Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Gordon Edgar

By Gordon Edgar

Publish yr note: First released April 1st 2009 by way of MacAdam/Cage
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Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A existence at the Wedge is the hugely readable tale of Gordon Edgar's not likely occupation as a cheesemonger at San Francisco's worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. A former punk-rock political activist, Edgar bluffed his means into his cheese task understanding virtually not anything, yet fast found a complete international of fantastic artisan cheeses. There he constructed a deep realizing and appreciate for the types, manufacturers, animals, and strategies that cross into making nice cheese.

With a refreshingly unpretentious sensibility, Edgar intertwines his personal lifestyles tale together with his ongoing love affair with cheese, and provides readers an unflinching, hugely exciting on-the-ground examine America's starting to be cheese stream. From challenge clients to animal rights, enterprise ethics to flavor epiphanies, this booklet bargains anything for everybody, together with cheese profiles and proposals for choosing the very best-not simply the main expensive-cheeses from the U.S. and world wide and a glance on the struggles dairy farmers face of their makes an attempt to stick on and make their dwelling from the land.

Edgar-a clever, revolutionary cheese guy with an activist's edge-enlightens and delights along with his view of the area from in the back of the cheese counter and his appreciation for the ability and culture that pass right into a solid wedge of Morbier.

Cheesemonger is the 1st publication of its kind-a cheese memoir with perspective and data that would entice every person from severe foodies to city nutrition activists.

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I heard a slight gurgle, and watched as she took her last breath. indd 21 4/7/11 8:16:43 AM fraud fighter restroom’s window. Several other people and I rushed to her side, but I knew it was too late; she was already dead. I didn’t find out why someone so innocent-looking would take her own life. And other than my mother’s death, which occurred many years later, this was the only time I have seen anyone die in front of me. It’s something that you never forget. Around the same time, I read in the paper that some fellow swan-dived out of a building in El Paso and landed in a huge exhaust fan.

But all was for naught; our files reflected nothing. I then turned over the list of several hundred names to my INS counterpart, Sol Solzberg, asking him to search their records. I liked Sol very much even though he was an odd sort. Not too long after I was assigned to New York, we agreed to meet for the first time at a convenient breakfast place. ” I asked. “I saw you standing on the corner,” Solzberg said. “Two things: First, you waited for the traffic light to turn green before you crossed. Second, you didn’t look down for dog poop before proceeding.

None of these people had moved from New York; it was all a ruse to get their files transferred to Newark so Klegmeir could approve the green cards. With this knowledge, I attempted to interview Yee. It came as no surprise when he declined. I went back to Rudy’s office with my new information. “You’re on to something, Joe,” Giuliani said. ” It was just what I was hoping for. To apply some additional pressure, Sol had managed to conjure up a few technical violations of INS regulations on the part of Yee.

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