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The Telling Room:A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

Michael Paterniti

The author of Driving Mr. Albert (2000) returns with a quirky tale about a piece of cheese! While proofreading his local deli's newsletter, Paterniti stumbled upon the story of a sublime cheese called the Paramo de Guzman, named after the Spanish village where it originates. Paterniti met cheesemaker Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras in his hillside cave, or “telling room,” where he learned the story of betrayal, theft, and murder surrounding his family's rustic cheese. Equal parts mystery, memoir, travelogue, and history, The Telling Room is an astonishing piece of narrative nonfiction for fans of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief (1998).