“Right away, I fell in love with it,” recalls Gianni Toffolon, one of Wisconsin’s 43 active certified master cheesemakers. The art of cheesemaking captivated Toffolon during his childhood in Cremona, Italy. “It’s like a mason, you know, who takes simple bricks and makes beautiful things.”
There are hundreds of types of cheeses from around the world, and we’re not going to talk about all of them here. Our goal is to provide the basics about where cheese comes from, how it’s made, and how it breaks down into types. But because there are so many types of cheese, it can be hard to generalize about what goes into cheese and why. Consider this guide your introduction.