The Cheese Code

Punk Rawk smoked salt cashew cheese on raw onion crackers. Heaven. But when it comes to vegan cheeses that melt and stretch, unlike this raw (unprocessed and delectable) cheese above, there’s some science behind it. NPR recently wrote a story on this endeavor: Cracking The Code: Making Vegan Cheese Taste Cheesier.

Non-dairy cheese alternatives first sprang up in China in the 1500s, according to The History of Fermented Tofu- A Healthy Nondairy/Vegan Cheese… But to make a true vegan cheese substitute, you can’t use casein. So Gordon’s latest challenge has been to make a cheese that is completely free of animal byproducts but still retains the properties we love about cheese.

 

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Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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