Reclaiming the Kitchen: The Art of Cooking

In this excerpt from her newest book, Barbara Kingsolver discusses how her family came to connect with food culture and the art of cooking. A day of cheese making proved to be just what the doctor ordered.

Cooking is the great divide between good eating and bad.
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Making Cheese
Make your own cheeses for spectacular — and fun! — home-cooked meals.
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Carroll teaches girl
Ricki Carroll teaches Lily Kingsolver the art of cheese making.
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Cheesemaking Carroll
Ricki Carroll has taught her craft to thousands of aspiring cheese makers.
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High-quality milk from happy animals makes scrumdidleumptious cheese!
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Kingsolver Mozzarella
Connecting the generations: Barbara Kingsolver braids fresh mozzarella with her daughters and their grandmother.
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Homemade Soft Cheese
Even if you are lactose-intolerant, you may be able to enjoy homemade soft cheeses.
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Cheese on Shelf
“We’re connecting across geography and time with everybody who ever looked at a full-moon pot of white milk and imagined cheese.”
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Draining Cheese
Heat milk, add culture, let sit, hang in a cheesecloth bag to drain. That’s about all it takes to make many kinds of cheese.
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Homemade Cheese
With homemade cheese, you have control over what goes into, and what stays out, of your cheeses.
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Drain Whey
Step 3: Drain off whey.
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Heat Milk
MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors demonstrate that making mozzarella actually is as easy as Barbara Kingsolver makes it sound. And just that much fun! Step 1: Heat the milk.
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Laugh at Cheese
Step 4: Laugh at how easy cheese making can be!
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Add Rennet to Milk
Step 2: Add rennet to curdle the milk.
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Stretch Mozzarella
Step 6: Stretch yummy mozzarella.
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Hard, Aged Cheese
A quality diet is not an elitist option for the do-it-yourselfer. You can even make your favorite hard, aged cheeses at home.
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Goat's-milk Chevre
Freshly made goat’s-milk chevre is an exceptional treat, and sooooooooo easy to make!
Photo by Jennifer May
Knead Curds
Step 5: Knead hot curds.
Photo by Matthew T. Stallbaumer

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