Many of you know that some of the most delicious cheeses in the world can also smell the most, well, revolting. Indeed, cheese making and aging is a process of “controlled spoilage”, and it makes evolutionary sense that we’d be turned off when faced with something rotten.
It was Leon-Paul Fargue, a French surrealist poet, who described Camembert cheese as “les pieds de Dieu” – “the feet of God”. I love this characterization- it simultaneously highlights the divine sensation of eating this great cheese and the disgusting smell it produces. And even more, it brings up a truism that scientists are only beginning to explore- the correlation between stinky cheese and the body.