April 6th, 2013

Golden Hair

Cheese and Culture

Cheese and Culture:  A History of Cheese and Its Place In Western Civilization by Paul S. Kindstedt

This book starts out a bit slow, covering irrelevant bits of human history, but before it gets a dozen pages in, it has managed to reach the relevant portion:  the Neolithic era, where the changing composition of bones from domestic animals points to their being dairy, not meat, producers, and the milk fat on pottery shards.  Approximately a thousand years before adult lactose tolerance appeared, so they were making butter and cheese even then, to make it digestible by adults.

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