Haven't you herd?

By Neil Thomas
This item appears on page 40 of the October 2019 issue.

This month’s winner is NIEL THOMAS of Kamuela, Hawaii:

In Florence, Italy, in 2015, drawn repeatedly to Mercato Centrale, I had a question for the cheese merchant. I particularly like aged hard cheeses with crystallization, and I was deciding between a sheep-milk cheese of this type and a goat cheese.

“Please,” I asked in English, not willing to attempt it in my inadequate Italian, “can you tell me how these cheeses differ?”

Giving me the ‘dumb American tourist’ roll of the eyes, she feigned patience: “Well, sir, one is a sheep cheese and one is a goat cheese… and they are very different animals, you know.”


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