Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Starter Cultures and the Fight for Real Cheese
the 2016 Scholar’s Grant Lecture
Bronwen and Francis Percival
Starter cultures—purified strains of lactic acid bacteria—are the single essential tool of modern cheesemaking, used to ferment milk by every type of cheese producer, from giant factories to the most boutique farmhouse. But despite their ubiquity, starter cultures have existed for fewer than 140 years: a minute portion of the history of cheesemaking. And when they were introduced, they were reviled by most as a needless complication, creating controversy in the cheese world. Bronwen and Francis Percival will discuss how cultures changed the cheese and how those cheeses changed the culture, and they’ll examine how the secret history of starter cultures challenges claims of traditional practice and authenticity in the cheese world today.
Bronwen and Francis Percival are the authors of Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese, forthcoming from the University of California Press in September 2017, and are cofounders and hosts of the London Gastronomy Seminars. Bronwen is the cheese buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy in London and served on the editorial board of the Oxford Companion to Cheese. Francis is an award-winning writer on food and wine and teaches classes for Neal’s Yard Dairy.
A reception featuring a selection of fine cheeses related to the Percivals’ talk will precede the lecture.
Location: Jimmy’s No. 43, downstairs at 43 East 7th St., New York, NY, 10003
Time: 6:30 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
Fee: NEW EARLY BIRD RATE: $22 for CHNY Members and Senior Members who register before April 24.
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