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    Considered to be the "Bible of home cheese makers", this book may be bought by itself or as part of our Starter Special (AGSD). There are 75 cheese recipes, 25 other dairy recipes, Q&A, stories about cheese makers and lots more. 

    DESCRIPTION:  "Home Cheese Making", by Ricki Carroll (278 pages, paperback) will help to take the complexity out of home cheese making. Ricki explains easily the procedures to follow from the very first batch. This book will help you understand equipment, usage, preparing starter cultures, using rennet, controlling temperature and storage of your finished cheeses. There are stories about artisanal as well as home cheese makers, recipes for using your cheeses, hints on how to cut your cheese, recipes from customers and much, much more. You will find an easy-to-follow format with illustrations, charts, glossary and a troubleshooting guide. This book is a must for all who want to maker their own cheese in the comfort of their own kitchen!!!!

    A Note from a happy customer:
    Hey Ricki and Crew,
    I just had to write and rave for a couple of minutes about how amazing you are! I started with Ricki's book, and have been gathering supplies and experimenting like a Crazed (bio)Chemist. Tonight was the first tasting of my first cheddar and jack cheeses. Your on-line jack details make the most amazing jack on Earth! Thank you so much for being my introduction into this wonderful hobby.
    Lotsa Love,
    Jacob Seitz, Salt Lake City

    Based on 25 Reviews
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    Best Book for Beginners and Pros Alike

    When I first thought about making my own cheese, I got this book. The recipes and instructions are straightforward and easy to follow. The variety of recipes is excellent. Every cheese I have attempted has been delicious.

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    From: Alexandria

    This book will help you to get started

    Very helpful and teach you in a logical yet simple and consistent way how to get started the home cheese making. This is the first thing I reach at before I start my cheese making. The free e-books can also do the job. Good luck.

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    From: Fayetteville, AR

    Great resource

    Great resource, especially for beginning cheesemakers.

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    From: ontario Canada

    bought this book when I began making cheese and it is still the go to resource

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    • great instructions
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    • could use more pictures
    From: New Richmond, OH

    Best book on cheesemaking

    This is my "go to" book when I am looking for a recipe to make cheese. I have made several of the recipes in her book and each one has turned out great! This is the only book you need!!

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    I actually found these recipes rather difficult because they didn't match the instructions on the packages of the supplies I used. This was especially problematic with the rennet.



    In the beginning I would read these recipes and they all sounded exactly the same to me, but things did eventually get clearer!

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    Hoime Cheese Making by Ricki Carrol

    This is my absolutely MUST HAVE definitive cheesemaking "bible". It contains everything you need to know and so far has answered every question I have come up with.



    I would urge all novice (and seasoned) home fromagers get this and read it from cover to cover!

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    I love this book! Comprehensive and easy to read!

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    • Understandable
    • simple
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    From: Minnesota

    The first place to start!

    I bought this book after a recommendation from a friend and before I actually discovered this site. The book is the first place a beginning cheesemaker should start. Detailed and easy to understand recipes let you easily grasp new techniques. I've never had a cheese fail using a recipe from the book!

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    From: Littleton, Colorado

    Awesome First Book for Home Cheese Makers

    I love this book and definitely recommend it. Great recipes. Easy to understand. I have learned so much through reading this book and the accompanying website. There are a couple of very minor issues with the book. For example, why is one type of rennet recommended instead of another, yet they are also indicated as interchangeable. Nevertheless, a highly recommended book if you are looking to check out home cheese making without making a huge investment. Also recommended for the more advanced home cheese maker too. Lots of fantastic recipes, great vignettes and commentaries.



    I love this book and it has been my near constant companion for the past month.

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    • Easy to read
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    • Lots of recipies
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    This is a great book. Well organized, lots of recipes and great information.

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    • Easy to follow
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    Great for beginners

    I love the detail in this book and all the wonderful recipes. I made the mozzarella and then used the whey to make some delicious ricotta. Looking forward to trying more cheeses.

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    • great book
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    • I wish it was spiral bound
    From: WA

    A wonderful classic

    I have several cheesemaking books, and this is the first one I started with. It's dog-eared and smeared from much use. Great recipes.

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    • clear
    • empowering
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    From: N.C.

    Great Book

    I have wanted to learn to make cheese all of my adult life. Always thought it was complex and out of reach. Four years ago I found this website. This book took me from wishing I could to Holy Cow I make amazing cheese! Still kicking myself for not having found it sooner. The crazy thing is, in the 80's I lived in MA for 7 years! The Cheese Queen was an hour away. Now I'm in NC with my Nubian goats and buy my cows milk from an organic farm. I have sent dozens of people to the site for this book. It is a must have book for anyone working on sustainable living.



    The only thing missing from the book is a key for the tiny measuring spoon set. I'm dyslexic and can never remember what the cute names ( which I love) are in measurements.

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    From: TX

    Easy to Understand and use

    I have had a copy of this book for several years. I raise milk goats and have used several of the recipes. They are all clear and easy to follow, and I have always had good results. Don't forget to pay attention to the small recipes in different colors at the bottom of some pages, some of these are my favorites.

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    Easy to read

    This book is great for beginners or for anyone interested in trying different types of cheeses, without trying anything too fancy. I think she has all the bases covered in this book and the recipes are easy to read and follow. For me it made making more difficult cheeses less intimidating.

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    From: Illinois

    incomplete recipes

    I have now used this book three or four times. The best part of the recipes is that they correctly state the amount of ingredients. After that there is a tendency to leave out necessary steps, possibly assuming a beginning cheese maker knows what they are. This is very annoying. This book is only useful if compared to other step-by-step information on how to make a particular cheese.

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    From: VA

    Great book

    I think every beginning cheesemaker should start with this book. It makes it easy to take the plunge and get started. If you read the beginning chapters of the book, you have a better understanding of what you are doing in the recipes, and why they work. Also, it contains many more recipes than other "beginner" cheesemaking books and it will keep you busy for a very long time.

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    • Easy Directions
    • Lots of recipes
    • The best way to ease into making cheese.
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    • Should have found this years ago!
    From: Wisconsin

    A great way to start

    I bought this book at the same time as I bought the basic hard cheese kit. While the recipes in the kit were great, my family had their favorites and I wanted to make them as well. This book has very simple and easy to follow directions. Despite being totally new to cheese making, I easily make my first cheddar and shortly after had a wheel of Parmesan sitting happily next to it. If you're looking to dive into cheese making, you need this book.

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    simple and clear

    I have searched the internet and looked at other books, but I return to this one for clear proven recipes.

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    great book

    This book is a great way to learn all about home cheese making. I especially enjoyed the easy to follow recipes along with the simple introduction to all of the ingredients and equipment I'd need to get started.

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    From: Oregon

    Not so great

    I was hoping for a little more, but this reads like most amateur recipes you will find on internet forums. There is no technical information, like WHY we are doing this step or that step and why the results might be if you vary it this way or that way, no PH targets, pressing weights are only give in "pounds" (which is a useless measure not knowing the area of your mold), sometimes just bad information (like how long to brine your gouda for). The result is that you are going to get wildly varying results and there is simply not enough information here to make good/consistent cheese without a lot of trial and error or learning from other sources. Save you money and consult the forums.

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    From: Oklahoma

    Cheese Making is Not Easy

    I purchased this book in order to take the plunge into cheese making. This book convinced me not to start. The combination of mandatory low temperatures and absolute sterile environment sounded unreal for most people's homes unless you live further north. I was disappointed.

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    From: Raw Milkless, Montana

    In the Know

    I am not normally one to mark inside a book but this book is getting margin marks, underlines and general used-edness. Love the idea of making cheese in my kitchen and I see it as not a possibility but reality now that I am in the know.

    I love you, cheese, and Ricki!

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    From: England

    A Must For Any Cheesemaker!

    This book takes pride of place in my cheesemaking book collection! It is a must have for anybody who really wants to make some seriously superb cheese. Clearly written with loads of recipes that gets you dreaming of your next cheese creation.

    Love it & thank you Ricki.