Creator of dreams and a fantastic use of off milk, cheese has been central to mankind’s evolution from the Neolithic era to the flying car Utopian society we have today. Without it, we would all still be sitting in caves, weeping over the useless slices of bland bread that we could just tell was missing something ineffable to our primitive brains.
Keeping this in mind, let us examine the best places where you can sample this vital part of our culture. Bill Hails took the fantastic featured image.
The Alps are the home of fondue, which is basically a sort of cheese soup.
The best thing about fondue is that you can dip other cheeses into it so you don’t have to waste time on things like meat and vegetables.
The region of Appenzell is also home to the Mountain Cheese Olympics, a competition just as epic as the name implies (it’s up there with rolling cheese down Cooper’s Hill as far as we’re concerned).
On average, the Greeks are the highest consumers of cheese in the world, and to satisfy their dairy lust they’ve come up with some true innovations over the centuries.
Their most famous is feta – a goat-milk cheese carved into cubes specifically so diners can stack them in the middle of salads and build edible Greek temples.
Their other masterpiece is halloumi, the cheese that gently whispers “Fry me… Grill me… Love me…”
The French invented red wine in 1492 purely so that they had something to go with all the cheese they were making.
When visiting the country, most tourists don’t bother with the capital Paris (although there’s plenty of choice in Paris as our image shows) but instead opt for a tour of all the places named after cheeses, including Roquefort, Camembert and Mini Babybel.Adam Zulawski