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The Cheesemonger’s Tales

ISBN Hardback 978-0-9554217-0-9     ISBN eBook 978-1-907991-04-2

A virtual tasting tour of cheese dairies and vineyards, interspersed with anecdotes and helpful information, by former cheesemonger to the Queen, Arthur Cunynghame


The book is based around a personal selection of twelve of the finest cheeses, and the people who make them, matched with twelve memorable wines; and much more.


The Cheesemonger’s Tales are his personal reflections on visits to cheesemakers and winemakers, providing an insight into the people who are responsible for their individuality of styles and flavours.


They are personal stories about real people, set alongside guides to: matching cheese & wine; buying, keeping and serving cheese; seasonal cheeseboards; how to make cheese; and essential information about each wine region.


A well-matched combination of cheese and wine adds hugely to the enjoyment of both.


Over the years Arthur conducted many tutored tastings of cheese and wine. In this book he has attempted to capture the essence of what proved enormously popular on so many evenings.


The Author


Arthur Cunynghame spent 18 years as a wine merchant, followed by 17 years as a cheesemonger. He is the former owner of Paxton & Whitfield, a Past Chairman of The Specialist Cheesemakers Association, a Chevalier du Tastevin of Burgundy, a Chevalier de Bordeaux, a Chevalier du Taste-Fromage de France, and holds Diplomas from The United Kingdom Cheese Guild and The Wine and Spirit Education Trust.


He has judged at numerous international cheese competitions and was Consultant Editor of ‘Fine Cheese’.


He has made a number of TV and Radio appearances including Newsnight, The Today Programme, Sky News, You & Yours and Farming Today.


As a cheesemonger, his press coverage included: The Independent, The Sun, Good Food Retailing, The Ecologist, The Daily Express and The Independent on Sunday.



This book is real treasure trove of information.

Clare Hogg


This delightful read. A guide no cheese lover should be without.

Latest magazine


Inspiring reading.



A vivid insight.

The Oxford Times


A great gift that comes highly recommended.

Oxfordshire Life


Arthur Cunynghame ... is the perfect expert to guide you through a virtual tasting tour of cheese dairies and vineyards.



It is surprisingly rare to come across a book written by a true expert, with a lifetime’s experience of their subject, rather than a professional author or media personality, but after 18 years as a wine merchant, and a further 17 as a cheesemonger, Arthur Cunynghame can safely be described as somewhat of an authority on both of them. This book is a fascinating collection of anecdotes and wisdom from his distinguished career (he was cheesemonger to The Queen and Prince of Wales), interspersed with practical advice on everything from how much cheese to allow per person at a dinner to what to serve with Champagne. An erudite, and utterly adsorbing tour around the creameries and vineyards of Europe - highly recommended.

Fresh Outlook


Well written and charming.

The Independent