Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz were a young couple living and working in New York City but wanting to find a simpler life in the country farming. Raising goats appealed to them but they didn’t want to jump into it without knowing more about goats and goat cheeses. So they set off on a yearlong adventure (coincidentally the Chinese Year of the Goat) traveling through 43 states from Maine to California to learn everything they could. They talked to world-class chefs, attended the largest goat auction in Texas and visited small and large-scale goat farmers (including Capriole Farm in Greenville, IN), breeders and cheese makers and even a collector of goat memorabilia. The information they gather along the way and the variety of people they meet makes for an entertaining journey whether you are a lover of goat cheese or not.
Margaret Hathaway is a delightful storyteller and does a wonderful job of balancing information about goats and goat cheeses with human interest.
Reviewed by ch, 8/09. Other reviews by ch.