Gaze upon the glory that is the completed cheesemaker interview map. We did our last interview, with David Lindgren of Lynn Dairy, on Friday. So, every blue pin indicates a cheesemaker we’ve driven out to visit, interview and photograph.
Astute observers may count only 43 map pins, although there are 44 active master cheesemakers. We won’t get a chance to talk to Allan Scott of Saputo. We drove the five hours of Green Bay to keep an appointment to meet with him, but he called at the last minute to say that circumstances made him too busy to meet with us. We then drove the 280 miles back to Minneapolis. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.
Ultimately, we still managed to get a lot done.
By the numbers: We traveled 7,628 miles to visit 43 cheesemakers at 33 different plants. If we’d been driving in a big straight line, we could’ve gone from New York City to Los Angeles back to New York City and then back out to El Paso, Texas. I don’t know how much money we spent on cheese (we probably lost half the receipts), but that’s just as well. I’m sure it’s a lot
Now, we just need to write the book in the next couple of weeks.
Also: Here are the cheese-related contents of our fridge. We’re thinking about opening a shop.