Paterniti’s book is about this obscure cheese from Spain that he becomes absolutely obsessed with. He goes to Spain and meets the cheesemaker — and he’s this hugely charismatic guy — and falls under his spell, but there’s a darker backstory that he becomes gradually aware of. How much does he actually want to know about that? Sometimes it’s the story that we love that we really want to know rather than the truth.
What’s funny about Gaining Ground and The Telling Room is that they pair interestingly. They’re both books about artisanship and about our craving for artisanship these days, but they come at it from two very, very different directions. Both of these guys are unemployed English majors, which may or may not be redundant.