I'm not sure who's responsible for deciding which books to place in the display windows at the Market Block Book store (next door to my shop), but whoever you are, you're killing me! I swear I must see twelve different books that appeal to me on a weekly basis. The one book I've been glued to lately (mostly at the shop, but I daydream about it when I'm home) is "The Home Creamery" by Kathy Farrell-Kingsley. Are you familiar with this? You might want to get acquainted with this book.
After reading "Plenty" and loving every single second of it, I feel really compelled to not only support local farmers, but to make more of my own food before relying on the supermarket for a quick fix. We don't consume a whole lot of dairy in our home, but we've been talking more and more lately about how that might change if we started making our own dairy products. That's where this book came into play. I'm so enthralled with the recipes inside and the seemingly simple techniques to make things like feta, butter, mozzarella, yogurt and sour cream make me wonder why I haven't been making my own dairy treats all along. I find myself asking that question a whole lot lately about a lot of our favorite food goods.
I'll keep you posted on any experiments as we go through the book, but I highly recommend giving this a read. There's lots to learn in those pages!