The Oxford Companion to Cheese is an impressive undertaking with masses of fascinating and informed writing, and many illustrations on a delicious subject. It takes us from the origins of cheese – seventh millennium BCE – to the most recent technological developments. The scope is broad: as Catherine Donnelly notes in her introduction, there are 325 contributors from thirty-five countries (though only two Australians: Paula Alvela and Sonia Cousins). Together they have produced 855 entries. These are arranged alphabetically and are followed by selected bibliographies for those wanting more information. There is also a helpful, topical outline of entries and an appendix listing cheese museums around the world, some of which sound worthy of a visit.
Christopher Menz reviews 'The Oxford Companion to Cheese' edited by Catherine Donnelly
The Oxford Companion to Cheese
edited by Catherine Donnelly
Oxford University Press $78.95 hb, 869 pp, 9780199330881
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Christopher Menz is a former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (2005–10) and in 2011–12 was Acting Director of The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. Prior to these roles, he held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria, specialising in decorative arts. He has published extensively on the decorative arts, notably the design work of William Morris, and is a regular contributor to ABR.
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