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Lovely as this cheese "atlas" is other respects, it has no maps in it.

An atlas should have maps in it.
An atlas can just have descriptions of places in it. Maps are optional.


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Aug. 11th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Cheese...
Aug. 11th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Now that I think about it, I don't have much in the way of interesting ones in the house. A nice cheddar, lovely parmesan, and cream cheese, i.e. staples.
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
We've just polished off an Epoisse, and still have a good chunk of delicious Lancashire Bomb. There's some Cambridge Blue left too, but it was slightly too mild.
Aug. 11th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
I recently had one called Mimolette (I think), which i haven't had before. It looked like bright orange Gjtost, but thankfully didn't taste anything like it; it tasted like slightly cheesy caramel.
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
An atlas without maps is what I call a gazeteer.
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Or gazetteer, when I'm in a spelly sort of mood.
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Either way agreed (I have in the past in inattentive moments produced gazzeteer)
Aug. 16th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
... which is a reference work detailing the various places one may find footballers from Gateshead?
Aug. 27th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
*snigger and association of ideas with "Windaz 2000"*
Aug. 12th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
This. Yes. This is the second time I have seen "gazetteer" this year, which is probably the second time this millennium - and t'other time I was using it myself. Bring back the gazetteer! No picture is worth a thousand words! Etc etc.
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hhmm, I am the only person voting contrary to the majority. Wow. Well, my rationale for voting this way goes like this: classically, yes, an atlas is only maps. However, as with this cheese atlas you describe, I take atlas to mean any book that concerns specific places in reference to specific things; maps may or may not be included (but most likely will be.) I see the word gazetteer mentioned above, but since I don't think it's in popular usage anymore, I think atlas has started to usurp its meaning.

Also, yay cheese. (Why can't I get Wensleydale without cranberries?! What is it with SoCal supermarkets?!)
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting! The book is an American one, so if there are minor regional or country-based variations here, you're more likely to be coming from the direction the book's authors are than previous commenters are.
Aug. 11th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Maps are what make an atlas an atlas, and not some other form of reference work. Also, hmm. Cheese.
Aug. 12th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
I like maps! (Also cheese, but two types in the fridge - both variants of cheddar - will have to do me for a little, what with deadlines and all.)

Your atlas also needs (and has, I hope) historical dimensions. Maps of Medieval cheeses!
Aug. 12th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
It's an "atlas" of American cheeses, so medieval content would be low, but I LOVE the idea of maps of medieval cheeses. I had been thinking about it at Leeds - well, not maps per se, but that England was importing northern French cheeses by the late Middle Ages and therefore, quite possibly, long before.
Aug. 12th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
You know, if we collected data as we found it, we could create an atlas, gradually, for our own delectation.
Aug. 12th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's an "atlas" of American cheeses, so medieval content would be low

There. Fixed that for you.

*giggles and runs away*
Aug. 12th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
An atlas should be a collection of maps, with the associated words being supporting material, IMO. I would have expected a "cheese atlas" to be a series of maps indicating local cheeseries, with essays on regional cheesemaking practices and cheese terroir and stuff.
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