1. There was a good interview with me about cheesemongering here. They somehow found an out-take photo from my book cover photo shoot by the awesome Myleen Hollero.
2. I love the little Comte man. But everytime I see this image:
I start singing this song, substituting “Comte” for “Police”.
It matters to me what Joe Strummer would have thought and I don’t think he would have approved.
3. The worst thing about that is that – except for the chorus my Comte song makes no sense. Why would the cops be chasing the Comte man? It is not like the internally coherent, “Buffalo Taleggio/Dreadlocked bison/Refrigerate on arrival/Refrigerate for survival” version of the Bob Marley classic I sing whenever we get Quadrello di Bufala in.
4. As for the current controversy regarding the EU wanting to reclaim cheese names, these three articles sum things up well:
The Guardian, The American Cheese Society and Lincoln Broadbanks from “The Better Cheddar”
But I would add that the people hurt most by this would be the largest US cheese companies. Most small-scale producers figured out long ago that naming your cheese after the European was a fool’s game (with some exceptions like Mozzarella. Cheddar is especially a joke in this case because they way that Cheddar is made in the US was invented in the US.). If Kraft comes out in favor of small producer issues — like making sure raw milk cheese can stay legal at 60 days aged — I would feel a lot more strongly on this issue.
5. Let’s just look at a cheese rind now:
Comte guy’s official name is Juraman.
and that’s why we need a “French Cheese Club”…
Of course now that I know he’s called “Juraman”, this obscure album from the bass player for the Stranglers comes to mind since it is phonetically very close:
Gordon, great article.
Buffalo Taleggio- Marley would have been flattered… At least I find it charming…
One thing- It appears that the link you’ve fixed to Lincoln Broadbooks article leads one to PRweb rather than the Kansas City Star (which I’ve pasted below)
Anyway, man, dig your work.
Oh thanks, I must have pasted that other one twice.