“If you have this much milk on your hands, you’re likely to make good use of it.” Ireland, with its lush vibrant farmland, was once the global hub of butter production. Food comes from and for people, and dairy is embedded in the history of the place as it weathered the Middle Ages, British colonization, and perhaps its most formidable enemy, the anti-butter movement of my parents’ generation. The earliest vernacular writing on milk, cheese, and butter comes from Ireland, dating back to the early Middle Ages. Today, it is an indispensable everyday food for many and a living, changing account of Irish culture.
Butter Enthusiasts and skeptics alike: listen to the Eat This podcast, “A Brief History of Butter,” HERE !