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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 46 Reviews
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    From: Lancaster, SC

    Will encourage you to experiment

    After reading this book, I was encouraged to try to make many different kinds of cheeses. I have made cheeses that I have never seen to buy. The instructions are clear and step by step and the receipts are arranged logically.

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    • Easy
    • Great background info
    • Excellent advice
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    • Instructions not always clear (rare)
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    So useful

    I love this book. Almost every cheese I have tried making has come from this book. The directions are usually easy to follow, although I have had an issue with ambiguous directions on the rare occasion. The background information is vital for any cheesemaker.

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    • Practical
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    From: Hungary

    Home Cheese Making

    Very useful this book, I learned a lot from it. Many doubt distributed. I just spoke some English, but even for me to understand the language. Everyone warmly recommend it!

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    From: Ohio

    Home Cheese making

    This book is extremely well written and layed out so that someone with little to no experience can learn to make delicious cheese from there own kitchen. I had learned that mozzarella was eaten fresh, so with a little research I purchased this book and was makeing aged farmhouse cheddar within a few weeks. I have since made traditional cheddar that turned out amazing, I have made a beautiful 2 lbs block of swiss and am currently aging a block of Parmesan. All because of one book "Home Cheese Making" thank you Ricki Carroll for taking the time to share such an amazing and lost art with me and rest of the world.

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    • good instructions
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    Great Book

    As a novice cheese maker, this book is a great place to start learning how to make cheese. The directions are concise and easy to follow.

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    This is a great book, full of easy to follow recipes for numerous kinds of cheeses.

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    One of my two very favorite cheese making books. It turned me on to cheese making and I still refer to it often. Thank you Ricki.

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    • large assortment of recipes
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    • would like to see standard measurements
    • of starters
    From: Dexter, Maine

    a Most excellent guide to cheesemkaing

    I actually have a couple of books on the art of cheese making. I found this to be a great book with recipes for cheeses that do not appear in other books. The directions a clear and concise.There are also interesting tips and facts scattered throughout.

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    From: maine

    recipe book

    Love the spreads and other recipes that use cheese in them. All great

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    From: Arizona

    Cheesmaking book

    So, I am brand new to cheesemaking, and Ricki Carroll's book has erased my angst. Living in the SW desert, it's tough to find a spot to hang cheese at 72 degrees in summer! Queso Blanco is the answer...thanks to Ricki's queso blanco intro. I made it while temps fluctuated between 91 and 109. Whew - and it was DELICIOUS. Everyone should have this book. Big THANKS, Ricki!

    Deborah in Arizona

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    From: Inland Northwest

    Easy to follow Instructions

    <p>Great beginning book for every cheese I want to make, very clearly laid out, instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I have been making soft cheeses with my goat milk and hope to find time to start hard cheeses soon.</p>

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    • Easy-to-follow Instructions
    • Clearly Explained Background Information
    • Fun for All Ages! (with supervision)
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    From: Ypsilanti, Michigan

    Indispensable!

    This book is a FANTASTIC way to get started making cheese at home.

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    • Ease of use.
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    • My first book didn't have provolone.
    From: Langlois, OR

    Best Cheese Book Ever

    I can't say enough about this book to truly convey how wonderful it has been down through the years. It taught me every aspect of cheese making, and the quality support from the authors has been phenomenal. I have several other books I've acquired down through the years, but this is the Holy Book of Cheese Making as far as I'm concerned. I still refer to it (who can keep all that in their heads for 35 years?) and I recommend it, and this website to all my cheese making students.


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    Great Primer !!!

    This is an excellent reference for starting to make your own cheese.

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    From: Saratoga Springs, Utah

    The Best and I Should Know

    I have over a dozen books on cheese making and this is the book I always use. When friends ask about learning cheese making, this is the book I recommend EVERY time. It is helpful no matter your level of cheese making experience.

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    • step by step information
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    Home Cheesemaking by Ricki Carroll

    This is an excellent resource for a beginner cheesemaker. I have used it to make cheddar, gouda, fromage blanc, and parmeasan so far, all with good success. I appreciate the insider information that helps me understand the intricacies of cheesemaking. A must for any beginner!

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    • Easy
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    From: RI

    So Comprehensive and Easy!

    I purchased this book for my husband because he expressed an interest in cheesemaking. We got milk from our local dairy, and he made a farmers cheese that was absolutely delicious, and incredibly easy! It walks you through the steps with easy to follow directions and pictures. We love it!

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    The first book I bought and I still use it the most.

    This book has been a big help for me. I found it in a bookstore when I was looking for information on cheesemaking and it's still my go to book.

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    From: Colorado

    Bible of cheese

    I am so glad that the made this book! It is simple enough for a beginner like me to understand, then working up to more complicated cheeses. Definitely a book I will use for years to come!

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    From: New Richmond, OH

    My go-to book for all my cheesemaking experiments!

    I use this book all the time and it hasn't let me down yet. I think this is one of the best cheese making books around.

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    From: MICHIGAN

    the Bible of Cheese

    <p>This book I cannot speak highly enough of! Great for the beginner and perfect for someone that’s been making cheese for a long time (lots of recipes to try, and tips to look at again).</p>

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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