Cheese is a SERIOUS business in France - it is one of the country's largest exports and, quite frankly, a source of national pride.
The exact origins of cheese have been lost in the mists of time but lets just assume it was a careless French (undoubtedly) herdsman who accidentally left milk out in the sun and then decided to taste the results.
Since there has been milk, and cheese, there has been French cheese.
In the beginning there were priests, then cheese
In France, it was the monasteries that began the delicious tradition that is French cheese. The monks took great care and pride in their cheese, being meticulous in their creation.
A bit of experimentation ensued and so we have numerous varieties today. Through the years, the French people have refined the work of producing milk, extracting the curd and turning it into intense regional flavor meaning that it really is possible to be a French cheese expert.
French cheese has come to command an important reputation on the world stage, for example, brie may be produced anywhere, but a brie with the "Produce of France" stamp denotes a certain standard, thereby demanding a higher price.
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