Pacific Northwest Cheese Project began in 2004 out of a passion for great local cheese. Over time the website has evolved into a resource for information about all things cheese in the Pacific Northwest.
About author Tami Parr:
My family hails from a small farming community in southern Wisconsin. Growing up, I visited Wisconsin just about every summer and spent a lot of time on my aunt and uncle’s dairy farm. It was there that I learned about the hard work that goes into creating the food that goes onto the dinner table, the relief of getting the milk check in the mail, and the joy of a good harvest. Mostly I’m fascinated by cheese as a living, breathing food and a complex intersection of animal, land and craft. This is what I’m exploring when I think about, taste and write about cheese.
My 2009 book, Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest, is an in-depth guide to cheesemakers of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Profiles of individual cheesemakers discuss their operations and their cheeses as well as their passion and commitment for what they do. Also included is lots of background information about cheesemaking, a glossary of cheese terms and a “cheese basics” section that lists various types of cheeses and how to pair them with wine and beer. Selected recipes from local chefs and cheesemakers offer even more ways to appreciate Northwest artisan cheese.
If you’re interested in more information about regional cheese and cheesemakers, you can also find my published articles in The Oregonian, Mix, Edible Portland, or on various websites (Google is helpful in this regard). I’ve also spoken about Northwest cheese on numerous panels, seminars and at local events.
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