The Artisan Cheese Trend—An Interview with Jeff Roberts
Madame Fromage tracked down cheese expert Jeff Roberts after the ACS Conference and picked his brain about the current state of artisan cheeses in our country.
In 2007, Jeff Roberts compiled The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese, a book I often turn to when I plan to do some dairy hopping. Last week, I caught up with Roberts over the phone when I was in search of some cheese statistics. Fresh from the American Cheese Society Conference in Raleigh, he was eager to wax about the state of artisan cheese in the U.S. Since Roberts is not only an author but also the co-founder of the Vermont Artisan Cheese Institute (the training grounds for so many wondrous cheesemakers), I thought I’d share some of his thoughts here.