It's a DIY cook's dream come true: It’s pizza night, and you’ve made not only the crust and sauce but the mozzarella, too. Or you're whipping up quesadillas for a snack, using your homemade Triple Pepper Hack. Or the dinner party's in high gear and out comes the cheese plate—and yes, you've made all the cheeses on it. Even better—you made them all earlier that day.

In this cookbook published by Workman Publishing, you will find 250 plus pages filled with recipes and instructions that are easy-to-follow and foolproof!

Claudia Lucero, founder of Urban Cheesecraft, shows step by step—with every step photographed—exactly how to make sixteen fresh cheeses at home, using easily available ingredients and tools, in an hour or less. The approach is basic and based on thousands of years of cheesemaking wisdom: Heat milk, add coagulant, drain, salt, and press. Simple variations produce delicious results across three categories—Creamy and Spreadable, Firm and Chewy, and Melty and Gooey. And just as delicious, the author shows the best ways to serve them, recipes included: Squeaky “Pasta” Primavera, Mozzarella Kebab Party, and Curry in a Hurry Lettuce Wraps.


The recipes in the book are for fresh cheeses with no aging required:

  • Meyer Lemon Ricotta
  • Fromage Facile (cream cheese)
  • Curried Paneer
  • Chivo Fresco (a spicy Queso Fresco)
  • Chevre French Kisses
  • Chipotle Lime Oaxaca (smoky and tangy string cheese)
  • Brown Butter Burrata (even better than Burrata!
  • Favorite Melty Mozzarella
  • Honey-Toast Cheese (it's slightly sweet!)
  • Pizza Filata (String Cheese)
  • Haloumi? Halou-you! (you can grill it)
  • Ale-Washed Squeakies (curds!)
  • Classic Cottage Cheese
  • Triple Pepper Hack
  • Smoky Cheater (you pan-fry it for gluten free grilled cheese!)
  • Farm-Fresh Rounds (only one that requires raw milk)

Aside from actual cheese, bonus butter and yogurt recipes, Claudia also teaches you how to make all of those fancy pairings you see in the cheese shops- fruit and nut pastes, drunken fruit compote, herbed and spiced nuts, and even several naturally gluten free cracker alternatives.

One Hour Cheese has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean and German- currently available in their respective countries.
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