Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France

Morrow. Apr. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780062984531. $29.99. COOKING
Quinn (of the QKatie YouTube channel) tours England, Italy, and France in this charming debut, a thoughtful fusion of journalism and memoir. Set against the backdrop of Quinn’s relocation to London and eventually to Italy, the essays explore Western European staples linked by the process of fermentation: cheese, wine, and bread. Quinn delves into the art, science, and significance of these culinary mainstays, while immersing herself in fermentation, as a cheesemonger in London, a guest at an Italian vineyard, and an apprentice at a Parisian bakery. Along the way, she introduces readers to diverse artisans, breaks down fermentation processes, digs into her ancestry, and grapples with life in a new country. Each chapter features inviting watercolor illustrations, photographs, and recipes (Sriracha Sourdough; Wine Cookies; British Cheese Fondue). Quinn’s curiosity and passion will delight foodies and fans of travelogues.
VERDICT A transportive love letter to the joys and complexities of these iconic fermented foods.
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