In my mission to make as many things from scratch as possible, I had to check out a book on how to make my own cheese. I found a good one in Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll. This book contains 75 different recipes for cheese. A lot of them are challenging (in making and in finding the ingredients). But if you can pull it off and have fun doing it, then why not give it a try. The book contains everything from soft cheese like cream cheese and ricotta to hard cheese like cheddar and gouda. The recipes include cheese made from not only cow's milk but goat's milk as well. But before you get into those recipes you have a chance to dive into some cheese making history and a lesson on the ingredients and equipment you will need to create your own. I haven't had the chance to try any myself but I am looking forward to doing so.
I saw this book on a shelf at Zingerman's Creamery in Ann Arbor, MI. In fact the co-founder of Zingerman's, Ari Weinzweig is quoted on the back of the book. Ari is an expert when it comes to making good food, so a recommendation from him means a lot.