About The Book

Say you love cheese and anyone within earshot will agree, because from Ricotta to Havarti and Gouda to Brie, cheese is quite simply amazing. But when it comes to making your own, it can be trickier than you’d think to get started.

Lifetime cheese lover Elena Santogade felt this way when she taught herself about cheese making in her Brooklyn kitchen more than 10 years ago. As her hobby gained steam, Elena started running cheese making classes out of her apartment. Now, a full-time cheese professional, Elena has dedicated herself to creating cheese making recipes specifically with the beginner in mind.

Elena’s first-hand knowledge of the pitfalls and successes of a beginner cheese maker has armed her with the tried and true knowledge you’ll find in The Beginner’s Guide to Cheese Making. With the easy, step-by-step cheese making recipes specifically designed for beginners, you’ll be making the fresh, tasty cheeses that you love so much in no time.



Elena is as engaging on the page as she is in person. Here, she takes you on a complete tour of home cheesemaking, from basic equipment and techniques all the way to detailed recipes and tasting notes. This book is packed with how-to’s and fun ideas.
— Andy Hatch, Owner and Cheesemaker at Uplands Cheese Company
In The Beginner’s Guide to Cheesemaking―an easy-to-use, no-nonsense roadmap for aspiring cheesemakers―Elena empowers readers to develop their own unique versions of familiar cheeses. Perhaps the most valuable thing inside of these pages is a generous smattering of hard-earned cheesemaking lessons―small chunks of wisdom that you wouldn’t likely find without years of experience. This unsuspecting book establishes Elena as your official cheesemaking mentor.
— Elizabeth Chubbuck, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Murray's Cheese

Make Sheet Templates

At the beginning of each chapter in the book I've included a “Make Sheet Template” specific to the style of cheesemaking addressed in the subsequent chapter. I want readers to take these templates and truly use them…use and amend them until your own recipes hardly resemble mine!

In the spirit of pushing you readers out there who may be a bit tentative to start, I want to make it even easier for you. Here are all eight of the make sheet templates found in the book, print-ready for you to scribble all over: