Year 8, Book 30

30. The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

The last book I read was all about people obsessed with a fictional painting. This book is all about people obsessed with actual cheese. I really wanted to like this book based on the title and description, but man I did not. I am not someone who reads multiple books at the same time, but about 90 pages before the end of this book I stopped and read something else and had to force myself to go back and finish it off. The only thing that would have redeemed this book was if it came with a piece of the celebrated cheese, but it can’t since the cheese at least as described in the book no longer exists and as best I can tell is hard to come by in the United States period at this point.

This is a non-fiction book in which the author becomes obsessed with some fancy, high priced Spanish sheeps milk  cheese he comes across while at a deli in Michigan. He decides to hunt down the maker of the cheese and travels to the small town in Spain where he meets the cheesemaker who resurrected an old family recipe for the cheese, rockets it to fame, and then supposedly has the company stolen from him by his best friend while the mass produced version of the cheese degrades what was good about the cheese to begin with. The cheesemaker vows revenge. The author literally spends years and years pursuing this boring story and himself is overly obsessed with this cheese. The book is as much about his pursuit of the story as it is about the actual story. I was just bored. I recommend giving this book a pass. I give it a 3 out of 10.

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