Cheese songs and cheese name bans


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:
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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:

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4 responses to “Cheese songs and cheese name bans

  1. 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:

  2. 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)
    http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/09/4877238/fight-over-names-of-cheeses-could.html

    Anyway, man, dig your work.
    Cheers

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