The Great History of Mozzarella. The case of Paestum
– Dave L. Thurmond e Sandy P. Thurmond –
This book explores the history of mozzarella di bufala in Italy as well as the modern process of manufacture and the variations in form of this most exquisite and unusual of cheeses. The history of genuine mozzarella is inextricably linked to the history of the Indian buffalo in Italy, a history born of terrible suffering and disease, nurtured by human perseverance and triumph, and flowering in the invention of one of the world’s most prestigious food products. The narrative introduces the place of mozzarella in the world of cheeses, the physiology and history of the buffalo, and the history of its herders. It then closely examines the process of manufacture and explores several of the best producers in the two main areas of artisanal production, the Caserta province and the Paestum Plain.
Dave Thurmond earned his Ph.D. in Classical Philology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of For Her Bounty No Winter: A Handbook of Food Processing in Classical Rome (Leiden: Brill Academic, 2006), and From Vines to Wines in the Classical Roman World (Leiden, Brill Academic, 2016.
Sandy earned her MA degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at East Tennessee State University. She is a retired elementary school teacher and has taught photography for many years. She was also photographer for From Vines to Wines.
Dave and Sandy have lived part-time in the Cilento region of southern Italy for the last 8 years. They are currently working on a new book, a travelogue on life in the Cilento.