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Linni Kral is a writer, editor, activist, and friend living in Brooklyn, with past lives in Boston, L.A., and Chicago. Her writing has been featured in the Atlantic & Atlas Obscura, among others. She’s happiest in the company of cows, books, and groceries.

Best Cheeses 2022: Cow’s Milk


Photo by Nina Gallant | Styled by Kendra Smith WHITNEY (pictured above)Jasper Hill Farm | Greensboro, Vt. Made with the raw milk of Jasper Hill’s grass-fed herd, ACS First Place Best of Show winner Whitney leverages Jura-mountain inspiration into something uniquely Vermont. Its tacky pink exterior contains a pliant, milky white paste redolent of juicy […]

Regions to Watch: Austria


If you love cheese, you know the Alps—the 750-mile-long stretch of peaks crosses dairy lodestars like France, Italy, and Switzerland, and it pretty much goes without saying that your local cheese shop carries Alpine greats Comté, fontina, and Gruyère. But until recently, turophiles have been sleeping on the range’s vast eastern half—namely, Austria. Known more […]

Pairing Bitters and Cheese Beyond Happy Hour


Sam Unger likes to think of cocktail bitters as the Mary Poppins of flavor. “When we’re making our Pineapple Star Anise [bitters], I’m taking hundreds of pineapples, bringing them into this tiny bottle, then all of a sudden it expands again and it’s able to go into hundreds of drinks,” says Unger, founder of Vancouver-based […]

Voicings: The Simms Twins Of Lady And Larder


Photo Credit: Jenna Jones It’s hard not to smile around Sarah and Boo Simms. The twin sisters and co-owners of Santa Monica cheese shop Lady and Larder are effervescent, exuding a familiarity that welcomes you like a lifelong friend. With over 70,000 Instagram followers, these two have single-handedly changed the cheese board game with dynamic, […]

Pairing Cheese and Classic Cocktails


The British are known for their gins, Ireland has their whiskeys, the West Indies their rums.Every Alpine country has a bitter digestif, and we’ve got the trinity of France, Spain, and Italy to thank for vermouth. Melting pot that we are, the US made a name for ourselves bringing it all together. Around the turn […]

Voicings: Mary Quicke


Photo by Matt Austin Here in the States, we speak of third-, fourth-, sometimes even fifth-generation farms. In Devon, England, Mary Quicke runs a 14th generation clothbound cheddar operation, and it would not be a stretch to say that her fate was set by Henry VIII falling in love with Anne Boleyn in 1527. When […]

Vegan Cheese is Here to Stay


Vegan cheese is back on the menu and bigger than ever. In 2021, the global vegan cheese market was valued at $2.43 billion, and Silicon Valley is pouring more money into alt milks every year.

Drinks with Cheese: Functional Beverages to Pair with Cheese


We’ve been making our drinks work for us for centuries— coffee to wake us up, citrus to refresh on a hot day, and tea or booze for just about everything else. Even water, at its core, is “functional.” Yet this precedent has not kept supposedly operative quaffs from taking over the drink fridge at your […]

The Charcuterie Renaissance


Cured meats have never been cooler Photographed by Adam Detour | Styled by Kendra Smith Mankind has been preserving meat via salt, air, and time for centuries, but cured meats have probably never looked cooler than they do in 2022. On-the-go meat sticks are no longer the sole purview of Slim Jim—TikTok and Instagram are […]

Cheese Plate: Friends in Ferment


Alisha Norris Jones guides us through a microbial pairing wonderland Photographed by Adam Detour  |  Styled by Kendra Smith As a magazine literally named “culture,” we’d be nowhere without the busiest bodies of the food system: live active cultures. You may recognize the term from your yogurt label, but they’re also in most fermented foods—a […]

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