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The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

In the fall of 1991, while working at a gourmet deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Paterniti encountered a piece of cheese. Not just any cheese. This was Paramo de Guzman, a rare Spanish queso reputed to be the finest, and most expensive, in the world. The cheese carried its own legend: Made from an ancient family recipe in the medieval Castilian village of Guzman (pop. 80), the cheese was submerged in olive oil and aged in a cave where it gained magical qualities-if you ate it, some said, you might recover long-lost memories. Too broke to actually buy the cheese, Paterniti made a quixotic vow: that he would meet this cheese again someday. Flash forward ten years, when Paterniti has finally found his way-family in tow-to that tiny hilltop village to meet the famous cheesemaker himself, a voluble, magnetic, heartbroken genius named Ambrosio. What Paterniti discovers in Guzman is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he has imagined. Instead, he wanders into-and eventually becomes deeply implicated in-the heart of an unfolding mystery, in which a village begins to spill its long-held secrets, and nothing is quite what it seems....

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The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese Reviews

  • Nancy

    The Author Falls in Love with Catalan and a Special Cheese

    Ambrosio, a Catalan farmer, has a dream. He wants to recreate the family cheese. A big, bluff, creative character, he finally succeeds, bringing his father to tears. The cheese becomes famous. People around the world want to taste this fabulous cheese. Ambrosio expands his business beyond his capability to manage it, and the result is predictable.

    I enjoyed Ambrosio's story and the feel of the life on a farm in Catalan. The story of chees
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  • Vendea

    Uf, hodnotit tuhle knížku je vážně peklo. S Pravidly sýrárny jsem se mordovala vážně dlouho. Autor má velice hutný styl a je tam především řada odboček a dlouhá poznámka pod čarou prakticky na každé stránce, což mě vyčerpalo. Na druhou stranu v sobě ta hutnost nese úžasný příběh - autor dokáže skvěle popisovat. Navíc je děj umístěn do Španělska, které zbožňuju... Plus ten sýr. Michael Paterniti dokázal to, že jsem ho prakticky cítila v puse. Bylo to vážně dobré... moc dobré. Svým jedinečným sýro ...more

  • Lucille Zimmerman

    My friend, author Dave Cullen (Columbine) told me about this book. He is a friend of the author and said he'd been waiting ten years to read.

    What grabbed me was the title. I ordered the hardback cover and brought it on a work trip my husband was taking.

    Before I finished reading Chapter One, I said to my husband who never reads, "We have to listen to this together." I immediately made him pull over at a restaurant in Silverthorne, CO so we could find WiFi to download the audio version.

    We were bo
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  • Kevin

    I found this book waiting for me at the library because once again in some sleep-deprived (or, okay, I'll admit it: drunken) state I took someone's recommendation and sent in a request without really checking on what I was requesting, and then forgot I'd made the request in the first place.

    I do this more often than I'd like to admit, honestly. I get a lot of emails saying, "Hey, your book is ready at the library!" and I have no idea what they are or why I thought I want to read them.

    Anyway, I wa
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  • Mădă

    Fericire și povești nemuritoare.

    Recenzia : http://cititoriferoce.weebly.com/blog...

  • Amar Pai

    The gist of this story-- man works in deli, encounters rare & delicious cheese, sets off to Spain to find the man who used to make it and discover why he no longer does-- is interesting enough. There are vivid details about life in a small Spanish village, and if you care about the "Slow Food" movement then there's loads of discussion about that.

    BUT, here's the thing-- the author, Michael Paterniti, is really in love with himself and the idea of Storytelling with a capital S. He goes off on
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  • Donna Olendorf

    It took Michael Paterniti 10 years to write this book and the indecision of those false starts and wrong turns weighs this book down. It starts well --crisp prose and a lively voice--but then slowly loses its way. Most disappointing of all is the ending, which is more like a non-ending. Basically, the book just stops.

    I started reading The Telling Room because the author came to Traverse City and signed a copy for my neighbor, who attended the NWS lecture and lent the book to me. Borrowed copy i
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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is one of the lighter reads selected for my International Club of the Upstate Book Club. We all agreed that the title of this book was irresistible. Unfortunately, halfway through I started to skim the book. I think the way it is laid out, with long footnotes, does not serve the flow of the story very well. I wish Paterniti had decided instead to incorporate the asides into the text, interwoven chapters, etc.

    I also really wish he had included his research sources. I flipped to the back more
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