Last weekend while Yum was eating her way through the Chocolate Salon, I was busy sampling cheese at the Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, CA. I attended a seminar, Cheese Essentials, hosted by Laura Werlin, one of America's most prominent cheese authorities. According to Werlin, if you can understand the basic characteristics of the eight types of cheese, you'll be able to easily navigate any cheese shop. Generally speaking, soft cheese is mild and hard cheese is more complex and flavorful. To learn Laura's eight styles of cheese, start clicking.
Say Cheese! Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials