Cheese and wine parties may be dying out in the UK but our love for them has not diminished.

In The Cheesemonger's Tales, Arthur Cunynghame takes a look at the farmers, producers and wine makers that provide this country with such a rich selection of products.

Cunynghame, owner of London cheesemonger ­Paxton & Whitfield, wine merchant and former warrant holder to the Queen and the Prince of Wales, has spent the past 35 years sourcing the finest cheese and wines that Europe has to offer. Here he shares the most interesting ­stories from his time in the ­industry.This includes meeting specialist British cheesemakers that stick to time-old methods, to visiting some of Europe's biggest vineyards.

The book focuses on 12 different types of cheese as well as a wide selection of wines and port. The Cheesemonger's Tales is an eclectic mix of anecdotes and information based around Cunynghame's personal selections.

The book offers help with matching cheeses with wine and has tips on how to store cheese and wine, but its main appeal will be the stories and history that accompany each selection.

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