Cheeses of France – the ultimate pocket guide

French Cheeses: The Visual Guide to More Than 350 Cheeses from Every Region of France

French Cheeses: The Visual Guide to More Than 350 Cheeses from Every Region of France has traveled with me to Paris a dozen times. It’s dog-eared pages are filled with notes about flavors, shops, and memories.

This book will tease you with its complete coverage of French cheese. No matter where you are in France, you’ll never be able to find more than a small fraction of the selection. The author describes not only the mainstays of cheese culture but also the tiny fromageries who have made cheese for 400 years with a dozen sheep on the family farm.

I’ve often used the book to start conversations at the shops, pointing to the desired cheese and asking the clerks if they had the selection. One time, a distinguished lady came up behind me and in a very amused Parisian accent said “How cute, he’s got a cheese book.”

If you haven’t guessed, this book is less of a cook book and more of a tourist guide. You’ll enjoy the descriptions and easy to understand maps and symbols. This is a required book for any cheesies bookshelf.

5 Responses to “Cheeses of France – the ultimate pocket guide”

  1. 1 Olivier Magny

    Hi, I really enjoy the site and would like to exchange links with it! I have a blog with wine information and videos:, come check it out! Thanks Olivier Magny

  2. 2 Rodolphe


    I enjoy your blog, excellent…..I like

    If you’ll go in France, you’ll must visit my place.

    Best regard
    Rodolphe Le Meunier

  3. 3 Charlie Cheshire

    Good afternoon. This is a nicely laid out blog. I am Charlie Cheshire, a Cheese person and I love anything to do with cheese.

    The Cheese people have a number of characters with French roots. Cheese people such as The Duke of Roquefort and The Count of Boursin. You can see them all at

    All the best
    Charlie Cheshire

  4. 4 Nathalie H

    Hi Ted, I came across your blog while desperately searching for a tour or way to visit fromage factory in France. Good links and guidance you have here. Sorry haven’t got around the blog much, wonder if you are based Paris ?

    I am in Paris for this week and next, so anywhere near Paris would be best – for time and ticket money. Many years ago I watched on TV a cycling tour around cheese factories (in English). Yet none of the guide books seem to pay much attention to people who want to go see how cheese is made and taste. If you have any advice could you please send to my email ?


  5. 5 admin

    Hi Nathalie
    I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment before your trip.
    I expected to find factory tours more readily. The only factory I have found so far was in Gruyere, Switzerland.
    Although I must admit I haven’t tried as hard as I could.
    I think you’ll have more luck when you visit a region known for its cheese, such as Gruyere.

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