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The Life of CheeseCrafting Food and Value in America$
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Heather Paxson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270176

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270176.001.0001

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Traditions of Invention

Traditions of Invention

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The Life of Cheese

Heather Paxson

University of California Press

“Traditions of Invention” retraces the history of cheesemaking in the United States to argue that continuities in fabrication methods between factory and farmstead creameries are obscured by changes in the organization and significance of artisan production. Juxtaposing the artisan practices and sensibilities of third-generation factory cheesemakers in Wisconsin and first-generation farmstead producers in Vermont, I show how cheesemakers in this country continually reinvent an American tradition of entrepreneurial innovation.

Keywords:   invention of tradition, tradition of invention, labor, trade, taste, class, Wisconsin, history of cheesemaking, artisan factories

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