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The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking, Second Edition

How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese

by (author) Karen McAthy

New Society Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2021
Vegetarian & Vegan, Sustainable Living, Healthy Living
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price

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Expanded and updated second edition of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2018, Vegan Category Winner.

Learn the craft of making authentic, delicious non-dairy cheese from acknowledged master plant-based cheesemaker Karen McAthy. Comprehensively updated and expanded, the second edition of the "plant-based cheesemaking bible" takes vegan cheesemaking to a new level.

Containing over 150 full color photos and enhanced step-by-step instructions, coverage and new information includes:

  • Eight new cheesemaking recipes plus dozens more from beginner to pro
  • New coverage of "mixed method" fast-firming cultured cheeses
  • Going beyond nuts and seeds and using legumes for cheesemaking
  • Dairy-free cultured butter, coconut milk yogurt, oat and cashew milk yogurt, and sour cream
  • Growing plant-based cultures, including rejuvelac, sprouting, fermentation, kefir, and probiotic capsules
  • Lactic acid fermentation and how to use it in cheesemaking
  • Expanded coverage of flavors, aging, rind curing and smoking, and working with white and blue molds
  • New recipe section for cooking with dairy-free cheeses including Coeur a la Creme, Buttermilk Fried Tempeh and more.

The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking, Second Edition is a must-have for aspiring DIY non-dairy cheesemakers, vegans, and serious foodies alike. The texture, the sharpness, the taste; you will be proud to serve up your creations.

About the author

Karen McAthy is founder and head cheesemaker at Blue Heron Creamery, which makes cultured, plant-based cheeses for restaurants, retail outlets, and private customers. A born and bred West Coaster who has worked in and around kitchens since 2000, she has a passion for local food systems, experimentation, the blending of art and science in cooking, and animal ethics. Hailing from an agricultural background, Karen grew up learning how to grow food, and a deep desire to learn and understand how nature works drives her pursuit of cultured and aged nut and plant-based cheeses. Karen also teaches classes on plant-based cheesemaking and hosts regular creative dining events. She is the former Executive Chef of Graze Vegetarian and current Executive Chef of Zend Conscious Lounge in Vancouver, BC.

Karen McAthy's profile page


  • Winner, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
  • Winner, International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards
  • Winner, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Editorial Reviews

"I knew the moment I walked into Karen McAthy's cheese shop a few years ago that this lady knew what she was doing. Karen has spent the last few years honing her craft and understanding the new science of making cheese from plants, and demonstrates it for us here in her beautiful new book, which elevates vegan cheese to a whole new level. Brava, Karen—I only wish I lived closer to your shop!"
Miyoko Schinner, founder and CEO, Miyoko's Creamery, author, Artisan Vegan cheese

"For years, Karen has been a source of inspiration and guidance to many who are delving into the world of great vegan cheese. Her expertise, matched with her generosity in sharing her knowledge and skill, makes this volume a must-have in the collection of any culinary aficionado!"
Margaret Coons, founder/CEO, Nuts for Cheese

"If you don't use dairy products, or are vegan, here is a true culinary prize for you! The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking delivers the real goods like no other. You'll enjoy cheese and other cultured, dairy-free products with the richness of texture, the depth of flavor, and the myriad health benefits of a plant-based diet. "
Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian, author, Becoming Vegan and Kick Diabetes Cookbook, lead author, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets

"Karen is a food magician! I've been a fan of her plant-based cheeses for years, and none other compare. She reveals the careful food science behind her art on these pages, so we can all try creating delectable vegan cheeses in our own homes. Let's eat!"
Em Von Euw, cookbook author, creator, This Rawsome Vegan Life

"Karen McAthy has been at the forefront of artisanal plant-based cheese since the beginning. Her influence is felt everywhere as she strides to bring traditional cheesemaking techniques to vegan cheese. The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking is the best resource for home chefs seeking to delve into the world of real cheesemaking with plant-based ingredients. If vegan cheese analogs have left you wanting, Chef Karen's cheeses will leave you wanting for more."
Aaron Adams, owner and chef, Farm Spirit and Fermenter

"I'm not sure if I've ever met someone who has so much passion, drive, and knowledge for one specific field. Karen has all of these attributes coming out of her cheesy pores. Coming from me, I don't think I can give a bigger compliment actually. She blew my mind with her amazing plant-based dairy products. I've tasted thousands of cheeses, but trying her products opened up a new world to me. This book is incredibly informative. It's technical and fun at the same time. It's a must-read for anyone who loves plant-based dairy products or anyone who likes cheese. Karen is an icon and artist in her field and this book may just be her Sistine Chapel. BUY THIS BOOK."
Afrim Pristine, owner, Cheese Boutique