I was on another thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920210 where DevorahL asked where to buy really good supervised cheese, and I began to wonder.
It has been a decade or more since fine and artisinal cheeses began to appear on the shelves of kosher stores. Some American, some from Europe or Israel. Yet they are still scarce, often out of stock, and lots of kosher grocers hardly stock them at all.
It's not all that long since fine wine, lamb, wine vinegar, fine parve baking chocolate, and other pricey foodie delights first became available kosher in the U.S. These, however, are now widely available.
Obviously, if the demand was there, grocers would stock it.
And it can't be merely that it's new. A generation ago Jew (and no American) ate raw fish, cold rice, or pickled ginger.
So, can somebody please explain why Jews don't eat cheese?