Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 23

Cheese

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 27, 2007 on The History Channel
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Travel through history from the Roman Empire's diversity of cheeses to the 19th Century birth of industrial cheese.
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      • The Romans called their dry, pressed cheese caseus formalus, meaning "formed cheese." The name stuck giving the Italians formaggio and the French fromage.

      • The penicillium molds found in brie or blue cheese are related to the penicillin antibiotic, but not closely enough to ward off an infection in the cheese eater.

      • In the earth 20th century, America's traditional cheesemakers urged the federal government to label the newly modified cheese products as "embalmed cheese." The government settled on "process cheese."

      • In 1970, Americans ate 1.2 pounds per capita of mozzarella cheese. By 2005, the amount had increased to 10.2 pounds.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Take some milk, add a little bacteria, some mold, maybe a few mites and you get a delicacy that people can't get enough of. From pasture to pizza, from Roquefort to Velveeta, no matter how you slice it or spray it, it's one of humankinds most complex and cherished foods. Now: Cheese, on Modern Marvels.

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