An Ode to Neufchatel
A superb book has come to our attention that is dedicated solely to poems created in adoration of cheese. ‘A Tasting to Eternity – A love affair with traditional French Cheeses’ by David Nutt is packed with beautifully written prose all in honour of our favourite French export. Here’s a sample from a poem about a cheese that is very prevalent at this time of year.
Often shaped as a heart
A valentine gift for a sweetheart
The Neufchatel was born many centuries ago
In the Pays de Bray;
Napoleon III received as a gift
Made from cow’s milk with piebald coats
Enriched from meadows on which they graze
This is a cheese from Normandy’s glorious lands
The rind is soft and velvety to the touch
Its satiny oozing dough has a mushroom allure
A slice of bread is what one needs
For the gustative pleasure to sincerely succeed
If that’s whetted your appetite you can buy Neufchatel cheese here
Or if you’d like to read more from the book you can order it by visiting Amazon here.
Here’s a synopsis of the book:
“This book is an ideal present for all those thousands of gourmets that adore French traditional cheeses. On opening Tasting to Eternity the reader is swept away by an original point of view on a selection of these seductive and remarkable products through poetry, illustrations, short stories, avant-garde photography. In continuing to turn the pages one finds cheese recipes, wine pairing and a small educational section on the seasonality of the cheese, the French cheese families, how to cut cheeses, and where they come from. Close the book and you will be compelled to go the nearest cheese shop. Mouth watering, romantic and amusing!”
Neufchatel is as traditional as onion soup in Northern France but is more celebrated over here as being made in a heart shaped mould. This makes it the perfect expression of love and not just a cheese that should be shared around Valentine’s Day but the whole year round.