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David's Bookshop, Music & Cafe is located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE

Talks and Tastes with Ned Palmer, author of A Cheesemonger's Compendium of British & Irish Cheese

Join us for an evening with Ned Palmer, a freelance cheesemonger and author. We will be taken on a tour of Britain and Ireland through taste; the taste of cheese, specifically (which might be the greatest taste of all time...) An unmissable event for those who are interested in cheese and food history!

  • Wed Nov 03, 2021 - 7:00pm
  • David's Bookshop

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In 2019, Ned Palmer brought us the bestselling A Cheesemonger's History of The British Isles, and what a gift of a book that was. Whether it's a fresh young goat's cheese or a big, beefy eighteen-month-old Cheddar, each variety holds the history of the people who first made it, from the builders of Stonehenge to medieval monks, from the Stilton-makers of the eighteenth-century to the factory cheesemakers of the Second World War. Palmer takes us on a delicious journey across Britain and Ireland and through time to uncover the histories of beloved old favourites like Cheddar and Wensleydale and fresh innovations like the Irish Cashel Blue or the rambunctious Renegade Monk. If you haven't read it yet - do, it's wonderful.

For this event, we will be celebrating the release of A Cheesemonger's Compendium of British & Irish Cheese, which introduces 150 of the finest cheeses from across the British Isles. It is a perfect companion for all of us hooked by Ned Palmer's acclaimed Cheesemonger's History. Each cheese on Palmer's cheeseboard is accompanied by a morsel of history or a dash of folklore, a description of its flavours, and an enticing illustration.

Palmer peppers his book with stories of eccentric and colourful cheesemakers and celebrates both traditional farmhouse and modern artisanal cheeses - fresh, mould-ripened, washed-rind, blue and hard. He explains how to buy your cheese like a monger, how to cut and store it, and how best to match it with drinks. 

On the evening we will be sampling three cheeses from the book, so make sure you've got at least a bit of an appetite when you turn up!