There’s not much to cheese: Milk, salt, some cultures, some rennet. So how can those few ingredients produce such a seductive world of flavors, textures, smells, and even memories? With cheese connoisseurship booming in East Tennessee, we’re happy to present our first-ever Cheese Issue. First, Rose Kennedy surveys the local landscape of cheesemakers and purveyors, and finds nine good reasons to rejoice. Then, Cari Wade Gervin probes the history of the South and her own family to get a handle on the enduring allure and sudden trendiness of pimento cheese. (Among her findings: It’s not from the South at all.)
NEWS & VIEWS
Citybeat: The Other 20 Percent
In the latest Census numbers, Knoxville’s poverty rate remained unchanged at 1 in 5 residents, and Knox County’s rate actually showed a dip. But as Cari Wade Gervin reports, those numbers may not reflect the extent of local hardship in the midst of the economic slump.
Jack Neely pays tribute to a man he knew almost too well to write about: his father.
Frank Cagle says the problem with judges is that nobody can tell them what to do.
Joe Sullivan casts a skeptical eye toward the University of Tennessee’s economic development efforts.
Libacious by Jesse Fox Mayshark
GAMUT: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music: On Tour
Protest the Hero
Eye on the Scene
Ergo We Play
Local CD Review
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Thrift Store Finds by Anthony Nownes
The Future, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil