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Laurel is a contributing editor at culture and a food and travel writer based in Austin, Texas. She also serves as editor at Edible Aspen.

Great 28 Pairings: Mesquite


In its native southwestern United States, northern Mexico, and South America, mesquite is called the “Tree of Life” because it has provided natives with food, medicine, and fuel for thousands of years. Following the mass cattle drives of the mid-19th century, mesquite became better-known as an invasive pest, propagated by the animals’ manure; the drought-tolerant […]

Great 28 Pairings: Sotol


If you’re unfamiliar with sotol, you’re not alone. The earthy, smooth-sipping spirit, derived from the spiky evergreen of the same name, is native to the northern Chihuahuan Desert (which today includes the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Nuevo León, and San Luis Potosí, as well as parts of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona). […]

Mezcal Cozies Up Nicely to Curds


Mezcal and cheese might seem like an unlikely pair at first, but the lactic tasting notes in this agave-based spirit make this pairing a no-brainer.

Illustration of a hand holding a paint roller applying a rainbow of cheese-inspired colors

Paint Inspiration: 50 Shades of Cheese


Choosing the perfect shade paint inspires a trip to the cheese counter for mouth-watering color inspiration

Best Cheeses: Colombia


While much of cheesemaking in Colombia remains informal, the national mania for cheese has finally started to spill beyond its borders.

Curds in my Coffee


Culture contributor Laurel Miller discovers a new way to enjoy coffee in a Colombian airport.

Exploring the Texas Queso Festival


Explore new takes on queso at this quirky Texas festival.

Remembering Anthony Bourdain


“I have the best job in the world. If I’m unhappy, it’s a failure of imagination.” —Anthony Bourdain I met Anthony Bourdain in the summer of 2012, when “The Layover” was taping at my former place of work, a now-shuttered cheese shop in Seattle. Like so many, I’d been an ardent fan since reading Kitchen […]