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a woman milking a cow in the khovsgol province of mongolia

Mongolian Milk: Nomadic Cheesemaking in Mongolia


In the world’s most sparsely populated country, isolation is a fact of life. A Mongolian panorama embodies the concept of vastness; uninhibited by trees, you can gaze across immense swaths of landscape, the contours of grassland and desert contrasted by blue skies and shadows of distant mountains. Villages are absent. Roads take the form of track marks crisscrossing in […]

Tumurkhuyag Urtnasan, a cheesemaker from Mongolia

Interview with A Mongolian Cheesemaker


To find out about Mongolia’s cheese scene, culture caught up with Tumurkhuyag Urtnasan, one of the country’s first artisan makers to craft European-style cheeses. Tumurkhuyag Urtnasan didn’t always make cheese. In 1992, right after the fall of communism in Mongolia, he was a vice governor in the Altanbulag district, a very sparsely populated region in […]